Laing O'Rourke is main contractor for £500M medical research institute

Laing O'Rourke has been confirmed as the main contractor for a £500M project to build a world-leading medical research institute in Central London.

The UK Centre for Medical Research & Innovation will be built in St Pancras, with work due to start on site in the next few weeks.The centre, designed by the architects HOK with PLP Architecture, will have 1,500 staff including 1,250 scientists.

UKCMRI is founded by four of the world's leading research organisations: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London (UCL).

The construction phase is scheduled to take two years and cost £350m. It will take a further two years for fitting out.

UKCMRI chief executive Sir Paul Nurse said: "This extraordinary development will play a key role in understanding and tackling diseases that affect people across the UK. It is a complex building designed to promote creative and collaborative research to study these problems."

Construction director Andy Smith added: "After a lengthy and detailed evaluation process, Laing O'Rourke was chosen as the main contractor for the development of UKCMRI. The Laing O'Rourke bid scored the highest technically and commercially of the tenders received and represented the best value for money. Laing O'Rourke has a superb track record in delivering such complicated projects."

14/03/11

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