The University of Manchester has released an artist’s impression of how the next £60m phase of the Graphene Valley will look. The Graphene Engineering Innovation Center will be a research and development facility focusing on the practical applications of graphene and other 2D materials.

The GEIC will be one of several buildings in Manchester dedicated to graphene and 2D material research, alongside the £61m National Graphene Institute, which opened earlier this year, and the £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, set to be built within the University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus. The GEIC scheme is set to complete in 2017.

The GEIC will be about 8,400 square meters in size and will also have pilot production facilities and will allow research into other materials.