Exclusive: Contractor to build University of Exeter’s advanced disease research centre

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Wates has been selected as the preferred bidder for a £25m job to build a new disease research centre at the University of Exeter.

Building understands Wates beat off competition from Kier, Bam Construct, Mansell and Interserve for the job to build the University of Exeter’s Living Systems centre.

Located on the university’s Streatham campus the centre is set to bring together leading mathematicians, physicists, systems engineers, biochemists, cell and molecular biologists and clinical scientists, to develop strategies for diagnosing and treating diseases.

The centre will be funded through the University of Exeter’s £230m investment in science, medicine and engineering.

It will be the first dedicated science building to be developed on the campus since 1968, and will have space for up to 200 scientists and technicians, ranging from postgraduate students to professors.

Its working spaces will include a large open-plan laboratory and dedicated engineering space for large-scale experimental research.