Advanced Engineering Centre

Pell Frischmann have made possible the Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC), a building that looks to environmentally improve our present world, whilst teaching the next generation how to positively evolve the future.

We are honoured to have worked of this ground-breaking centre with HASSELL Studios and Gardiner and Theobald. The BREEAM excellent development created for The University of Brighton consists of complex research on fuel and engines for the making of sustainable and carbon-reduced combustion engines. Collaborating with these renown specialists has led to a spectacular development that will both improve the economy and environmental wellbeing of future motoring.

The AEC development will generate up to 35 additional research posts for the university, and a further 15 academic engineering stations in support of teaching. This advancement in technological knowledge will aid the training extension of up to 60 additional graduates and postgraduates a year, offering innovative competencies to forthcoming engineers.

Professor Lloyd, Dean of the College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences, states that this is an “important contribution to the establishment and sustainable growth of high tech companies across the region”. The supplementary 2,680sq.m of employment space will be used to provide specialist facilities for local engineering companies to significantly strengthen Brighton’s community and support research and training for local engineers.

With the university having a very tight funding window for attaining core milestones, the construction brief was highly time sensitive. Significant research was undertaken and our renown experience within civil, structural, geotechnical, façade and environmental engineering allowed us to meet these sharp deadlines with no trepidation. These studies enabled the replacement of steel work for concrete to speed up construction process and fulfil client aspirations.

This advancement in technological knowledge will aid the training extension of up to 60 additional graduates and postgraduates a year, offering innovative competencies to forthcoming engineers. 

Our chemical testing discovered asbestos in pre-existing ground works, which when inhaled can be life threating through aggravating and scaring lung tissues. Pell Frischmann, while working efficiently under constraints made sure this contamination was identified early and effectively cleared to safely avoid delays.

Research by the Institution of Structural Engineers found that structural materials represent 12 percent of initial cost and around 50 percent of embodied CO2 of buildings. Through our expertise in utilising materials efficiently, every aspect of the construction on the AEC was fully exploited for structural strength, significantly reducing cost, emissions, and waste in material resources.

As an R&D centre based around fuel and engines the need for producing a Sound proof and vibration resistant building was extremely high. Through detailed analysis and measurement of disturbances surrounding the site, sound absorbing and vibration isolating materials were amongst the procedures utilised in successfully enabling an operative and high tech research facility.

To give the building its unique and striking appearance, the façade was designed around long stripped windows. The challenge for Pell Frischmann was to make the structure invisible to conceal the framing. We achieved this by making sure all connections were equally defined by adding a high level of detail on every scale, thus creating high quality and well-lit rooms for research. 


  • icon-arrow35 - Additional research posts created through the new facility
  • icon-arrow2,680sq.m - New space for local technological firms to conduct work
  • icon-arrow50% - The reduction in embedded carbon thanks to materials utilisation

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