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Kier to build new research centre for University College London

20 May 2012 (Last Updated May 20th, 2012 18:30)

Kier Construction has secured a £70m contract from University College London (UCL) to build a new research centre on the corner of Howland Street and Charlotte Street in London, UK.

University College London research centre

Kier Construction has secured a £70m contract from University College London (UCL) to build a new research centre on the corner of Howland Street and Charlotte Street in London, UK.

The new facility, named the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, has been designed by Ian Ritchie Architects (IRAL) in cooperation with engineering services provider Arup.

The research centre will include two basements and rise to five storeys.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre interim director John O’Keefe said that the contract will see the building project moving from the design phase to implementation.

"We look forward to the new building going up and are confident that, when completed, it will provide a world-class facility for neuroscientists from UCL and from around the UK," O’Keefe said.

The London Borough of Camden approved the plans for the building in July 2011, and work to demolish the existing building on the site has now been completed.

IRAL and Arup have collaborated with advisers to ensure that the design and functionality of the building will be adaptable and functional, according to Kier.

At the new centre, which will form part of the UCL main campus in Fitzrovia, scientists will investigate how circuits in the brain process information.

Enabling works began in late February 2012, and the centre is expected to be complete in 2014.


Image: Upon completion, the centre will be a new facility for neuroscientists from the university and around the UK. Photo: University College London.