Research body is seeking a partner to make its estate net zero

Firms have been put on notice for a £50m contract to help the Medical Research Council upgrade its estate to a net zero position.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is planning to launch procurement for a sustainability works framework which will largely, but not exclusively, target environmental improvements across the MRC estate.


The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge

Th contract includes work on “complex facilities that must be compliant to specific statutory and regulatory requirements”.

The MRC, which falls under UKRI, is a non-departmental government body which is responsible for co-ordinating and funding medical research across the UK.

This year, the body began looking for a design team to review its estate and zero carbon strategy for 2040.

The feasibility study will cover the MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, designed by RMJM, the London Institute of Medical Sciences in Shepherds Bush and the Harwell Institute near Didcot in Oxfordshire.

Firms have until 30 June to bid on the building works framework, which will run from April 2023 to March 2027.