Microsoft lab gets finishing touches


The new 10 million Microsoft Research Building in Cambridge is nearing completion.

The research laboratory, being built on the University of Cambridge's science and technology site in west Cambridge, is currently undergoing the installation of its communication and computer data cabling.

The building has no conventional heating system but instead will utilise the heat generated from the computers within the laboratory.

It will be virtually airtight to contain heat and a chilled beam system cooling radiators positioned at height has been installed to reduce the temperature during hotter periods.

In addition to single offices for the majority of employees, the building features large public areas, including an enclosed atrium and lecture theatre.

The laboratory, which is being built by Shepherd Construction Ltd, is due to be finished in September.


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