Contractor named as main contractor on biomedical facility

Laing O’Rourke has won a contract to develop a new £600m medical research facility at St Pancras, after the centre’s business case was approved by government.

The facility, known as the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, will cover 3.6 acres of land and include 79,000m2 of buildings. The first phase involves construction of a £40m basement area.

Roger Robinson, chief executive of Laing O’Rourke’s Europe hub, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver this transformational project in the heart of central London. We look forward to working with UKCMRI to deliver a state-of-the-art medical research facility that will drive advances in the prevention and treatment of diseases.”

Construction is expected to start in May and complete in 2015.

The scheme is being billed by the government as “one of the most significant developments in UK biomedical science for a generation.”