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‘Campus of the future’: HGA, CST announce plans for gravel quarry

An abandoned rock quarry is set to be thrust into the 21st century with the plans to transform it into a research and innovation centre.  

Cell Signalling Technology and HGA have unveiled plans to transform a quarry in Manchester-by-the-Sea into a research facility featuring a climate-friendly laboratory campus.  

“This is an architect’s dream—to marry our design thinking and holistic approach with CST’s project aspirations while transforming an abandoned quarry into a new campus for life sciences research,” HGA principal Samir Srouji said.  

“This is a distinctive site that requires an exceptional landscape and architectural response to restore it, while also reflecting CST’s culture, care for community and planet, and important work at the highest levels of research and development.” 

The two companies revealed a master plan and building design which will include maintaining the quarry cliff face and upcycling the remaining granite where possible through the site.  

The site’s ecosystem will be revitalised through a quarry garden and upper quad area which are central to the master plan. Studio 2112 will design the outdoor hub to be accessible for the public and CST workers. 

“Restoring ecological services, fossil fuel-free building design, and the selection of healthier materials are all vital foundations for the research we’ll conduct at the future campus,” director of sustainability at Cell Signaling Technology Anthony J. Michetti said.  

“Environmental stewardship is ingrained in our culture and values as a family-owned, private biotechnology firm. Our commitment to developing research tools that help extend the length and quality of human life also extends to revitalizing the planet and doing the right thing for future generations.” 

The development will feature innovative, green spaces and buildings. Image: HGA

The campus will serve as a key research site for CST’s technology development in the future. The company is known for its antibodies, kits and services. 

The campus, which HGA dubbed the ‘campus of the future,’ will feature on-site renewables, while the heating, cooling, and hot water will be sourced from geothermal energy.  

“Achieving significant carbon reduction on a lab project of this scale requires collaboration and commitment from the owner and all design disciplines,” HGA sustainability director Ariane Laxo said.  

“This project is setting a precedent in the science and technology market.” 

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