The Chemical Sciences Building, which forms part of the science precinct on the university campus, was completed in July 2013 at a cost of R180 million. The building accommodates the teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices, and seminar and support spaces of the Chemistry and Physical Geography Faculties. These are accommodated in 11 983m2 of floor
area over five storeys.
The overall architectural form & envelope of the building was largely prescribed by the Urban Design Framework for this campus precinct and a key consideration of the interior planning of the building related to the need for high levels of flexibility to accommodate future renovations as the use of the facility is expected to change over time, with advances in laboratory technology.
A major challenge has been efforts to achieve effective engineering and architectural co-ordination around services co-ordination,
where stringent Health and Safety requirements with respect to compressed gases and hazardous substances had to be met.
Sustainable Design considerations have been focused around detailed climatic analysis with respect to the interior performance of
the building, achieving effective sun control and optimizing daylight