Kier subsidiary awarded contract to build innovation centre in Bedfordshire.

Marriott Construction, part of the Kier Group, has been awarded a £11.2m contract to build a two-storey innovation centre as part of the vast Butterfield Park development in Luton, Beds.

The new structure has floor space totalling 7,013m2, and will be a concrete frame, including roof, set on concrete pad foundations. It will be naturally ventilated with a timber cladding system.

The building has been designed with the environment firmly in mind. A late addition to the design, solar panels will be incorporated in order to utilise renewable energy sources, and the primary building material has been selected because of its thermal qualities.

While this is a Greenfield development, all existing trees will remain intact, and Marriott will carry out sympathetic landscaping. Surface water collected post-precipitation will be drained through bore-holes, or directed to the pond.

The Marriott team is aiming for a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of excellent.

Construction begins in early October, and is scheduled for completion in November 2006.