Insight into Sustainable University Building

Known as the Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) building, the 2500m2 centre, is being delivered on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus, within the innovation park. When completed it will provide state-of-the-art facilities for research and testing as part of the Energy Research Accelerator initiative.


The project is part of the Energy Research Accelerator collaboration (ERA) and is an Innovate UK funded initiative. The collaboration combines the research expertise of the six Midlands Innovation universities and the British Geological Survey (BGS) with the know-how of industry, to deliver a step change in energy innovation.

The highly sustainable building will house many of the UK’s leading academics, who will work together with business to accelerate the introduction of new technologies in the energy sector. The RAD building will include laboratory space for research ranging from harvesting and storing wind energy, to the development of new materials for hydrogen storage. In addition, there will be office space for researchers, and a central atrium with breakout spaces where ideas can be discussed and explored.