Morgan Sindall to construct Cambridge University’s new biotechnology facility
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Morgan Sindall to construct Cambridge University’s new biotechnology facility

03 Nov 2013

Morgan Sindall has secured a £40.8m contract to build a new chemical engineering and biotechnology facility for the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Morgan Sindall has secured a £40.8m contract to build a new chemical engineering and biotechnology facility for the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Designed by the architectural firm BDP, the new building will be constructed on the university’s West Cambridge science and technology campus.

Construction on the new building is expected to be completed by June 2015.

The new facility will bring together the university’s department of chemical engineering and institute for biotechnology following a merger between the departments.

After completion, the facility will feature a range of biotech labs, clean rooms, sensitive laser, optics and imaging labs and a magnetic resonance research centre.

The building will also feature materials and processes labs and an undergraduate teaching laboratory.

Plans also include lecture theatres, academic and administrative offices as well as a postgraduate open plan researcher write-up space.

Morgan Sindall area director Bob Ensch said the West Cambridge site blends academic and commercial buildings and provides the physical space that allows the university to create facilities that not only compete with other international universities but also act as a centre for collaborative research with industry.

"As you would expect from the University of Cambridge, the new laboratories will be of a standard best described as world class," Ensch said.

Prior to the University of Cambridge, Morgan Sindall secured several other UK universities contracts in the past few years.

Morgan Sindall has recently secured a £15.8m contract to build the UK’s first carbon neutral laboratory for the University of Nottingham.