The HIVE celebrates a momentus occasion as the building nears completion. This long awaited project coming to fruition promotes the ability for future research into construction materials and technologies. The facility, once complete in a few weeks time, will reduce the lead time for protyping materials to get them to market. The facility also offers the opportunity to investigate theories of structural and material performance of novel products, providing more reliable modeling for future design and build projects. Mike Lawrence, Principal Investigator of the HIVE project, celebrates with a toast to the future of construction research.
The topping out ceremony was attended by representatives from the University of Bath, Barnwood Construction Ltd and Science Museum Group, Swindon. Media representatives from the Swindon Advertiser and Swindon Link were also shown the facility prior to the official opening in September. Swindon Business News and Building4Change also promoted the event.
The ceremony marks an achievement in the construction project that has been in planning from August 2013. The design team also consisting of Integral Engineering Design and DM3 architect have worked hard over the last few months to understand the complex requirements of this test facility and are now being to see the fruition of their work.