The University of Southampton's Mountbatten Complex is one of the world's leading centers for research, teaching, and innovation in electronics, electrical engineering, nanotechnology research, and computer science. The building supports leading international companies and agencies, creating a broad mix of users with different requirements for access and environments. In association with UK firms Jestico + Wiles and Gifford, IDCA designed the world-leading research facility that brings together silicon, nanotechnology, and biotech process, and facilitates the interface between these increasingly overlapping disciplines.
The building strikes a balance between the need for security, safety, reliability, technical performance and commercial considerations, and the need for student access, interdisciplinary collaboration, space for creative research, and access to tools and laboratories.
The 129,200 SF, state-of-the-art facility houses 19,910 SF of flexible cleanrooms, 17,220 SF of technical and research laboratories, and technical support spaces. Stable, clean environments (laboratories and cleanrooms) for synthesis, characterization, packaging, assembly and testing of devices are provided. Characterization tools are provided in central, shared locations with low vibration and EMI characteristics. The design of the engineering systems incorporates advanced techniques to significantly reduce the overall energy consumption of the facility.
Bounded by a major thoroughfare on one side and a centuries-old nature preserve on another, the site is extremely tight. The new facility was designed to minimize its footprint while allowing natural light and air to penetrate as much of the office and research space as possible. The building plan maximized the use of sustainable materials and practices.