Interserve wins contract to build new research centre at University of York

WCN Editorial Team 4 Nov 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction services provider Interserve Group has secured a £10.4m contract to build a new research and artificial intelligence (AI) centre at the University of York.

The new research centre is part of the £35m investment made by the York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy.

Based on the Heslington East campus, the York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy expects to strengthen the UK’s position as a leader in the safe introduction of advanced technology.

It aims to bring industrial partners and world experts in the field together, housing approximately 100 researchers and support staff.

Under the contract, Interserve will be responsible for the construction of specialist laboratories and testing facilities. These facilities will be utilised to investigate all types of applications from driverless cars, to hospital robots.

Work on the new building also includes a rooftop laboratory and specialist robotics design and testing equipment.

The new centre is planned to be opened next year.

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund has provided £10.5m while the remaining £24.5m is secured through match funding from industrial and philanthropic partners.

University of York deputy vice-chancellor Professor Saul Tendler said: “The investment represents a significant vote of confidence in the university and the region and confirms our position as one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.

“We are already leading the way in this hugely important area with researchers across multiple departments working together to advance the safe introduction of robotics and connected autonomous systems across the globe.”

Previously, Interserve has delivered the Hull York Medical School, the £27m Piazza Learning Centre and redeveloped the Heslington campus.

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Illustration of the new research and artificial intelligence (AI) centre at the University of York. (Credit: Interserve.)  

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