UK-based construction firm Seddon has been selected to build a £7m innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park in Staffordshire.
The planned Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) will be three-storeys high and cover an area of 65,336ft2 at the university's flagship science park.
The centre will be the latest in the series of facilities developed at the university's science park and feature 'high-quality office and workshop space for new and existing medical, technology and engineering enterprises.'
In addition to developing the shell and core of the building, Seddon will also be responsible for setting-up three separate wings and associated external hard and soft landscaping for the centre.
Construction work for the facility, which has already been initiated, is expected to be finished by next April.
Staffordshire County Council economy leader Mark Winnington said: "We took the decision to invest in the project four years ago so this is a real milestone.
"It will further Keele University Science and Business Park's reputation internationally as a prime location for innovation in the medical, technology and engineering sectors.
"The expansion of the park will lead to an increase in the cluster of this type of industry in Staffordshire and we are confident this can continue to grow. The centre will add to our drive to attract high-quality businesses and jobs and bring real long-term benefits to the county."
Seddon regional director for the Midlands Eamonn Burns said: "We are delighted to be developing this much-needed office and industrial space for Keele University and the cutting-edge science and technology companies that will find a home there.
"Our latest scheme in the Midlands builds on a great year for the company in the region that has seen Seddon bolster the team and expand with new offices in Birmingham."
Image: The planned IC5 development at Keele University Science and Innovation Park in UK. Photo: courtesy of Seddon Construction Ltd.