£20m Science Hub Construction Begins – Benchmark – Laboratory Removals
Kier, the construction giant has begun work on a new laboratory building at Newcastle’s Science Central.
The £20m project will see the design and construction of a new 77,000 square foot building facility for Newcastle Council.
Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council, Pat Ritchie, said: ”Newcastle has a thriving life science and healthcare sector which is rapidly expanding, and there’s a shortage of specialist laboratory space in the city. Newcastle Laboratory will provide this flourishing sector with the much-needed specialist facilities – enabling life science organisations to continue growing, innovating and producing pioneering research and products.”
The construction is expected to take at least a year to complete. The council are hoping to have it up and running by August of 2018. The building will have both incubation and grow-on capacity to meet the needs of businesses in the life science and healthcare sector. Procurement for an operating company began last month to secure management for the laboratory, which has been designed by building consultancy Aura and Newcastle architects Ryder.
Managing director of Kier Construction Scotland and North East, Brian McQuade, had this to say: “We’re looking forward to delivering this new bespoke laboratory facility, building on our expertise in the biotech sector. Kier has extensive experience delivering research facilities and we’re proud to be providing the latest addition to Science Central development as it continues to expand.”
Newcastle Science Central is based in the centre of the city and will provide 500,000 sq ft of office space. The Laboratory is being funded by Newcastle City Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership as well as through the European Regional Development Fund.
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