Kier, Wates and VolkerFitzpatrick to build £400m health science hub in Essex

WCN Editorial Team 12 Jan 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

Kier Group, Wates Construction and VolkerFitzpatrick have been selected by Public Health England (PHE) to build a £400m public health science campus and headquarters in Harlow, Essex.

The companies have been selected for four key elements, including building and refurbishing new and existing laboratories and office areas; construction of a new arrivals area and logistics centre; and site-wide infrastructure including car parking.

The appointments have been made at the end of an 18-month procurement process and work is expected to begin in February 2018.

The build comprises four lots. Kier Group has been appointed to deliver the first lot: building a specialist bioscience laboratory building.

Wates Construction has been appointed to deliver two lots, which involve refurbishment of the main building, including laboratories and offices, as well as the arrivals, administration and logistics buildings.

VolkerFitzpatrick (Royal VolkerWessels) will deliver the fourth lot, which involves site-wide infrastructure, external works and energy centre.

The companies will now work with the existing design teams and prepare the site for major construction.

Construction is planned to commence in 2019, with phased occupation starting in 2021.

The campus, to be called PHE Harlow, is expected to employ 2,750 people by 2024.

Facilities from Porton in Wiltshire and Colindale in north London, and PHE’s central London headquarters, will be shifted to the new campus.

PHE deputy chief executive Richard Gleave said: “PHE is delighted to have secured three of the leading construction companies in the UK to deliver what will be a world-leading national and international resource.

“Much of the work to create PHE Harlow is highly specialised so it’s especially pleasing to have secured three of the best companies in their fields to deliver that work. This is yet another milestone for PHE and we can now look forward to the chosen contractors coming on board and bringing their considerable wealth of experience and skills to our programme.

“We are also delighted at the very significant opportunities that the construction of PHE Harlow will offer in the surrounding area.”

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