The Earth Sciences building is laid out in a way intended to maximise the effectiveness and delivery of research. Academic staff, PDRAs and PhD students) are located on Level 3 of the Earth Sciences building. Academic staff are assigned individual, glass-fronted offices (typically 14.5m2) which open onto two large open plan areas (164m2 each) where their postgraduate students have desks, whilst postdoctoral researchers are housed in two spacious (141m2) multi-occupancy offices at either end of the building. The co-location of staff, postdocs and students, ranging from professors to first year PhD students, lends itself naturally to the development of a collegial and mutually-supportive research environment. Research support and administrative staff are accommodated on Level 2, which includes four large teaching and seminar spaces (704m2 total), whilst technical staff are housed on Level 1 where the main research equipment facilities (listed below) are located in purpose-built laboratories (occupying 1004m2 in total).