ISG selected as main contractor for £300m UCL neurology centre

WCN Editorial Team 4 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University College London (UCL) has selected construction services company, ISG, as main contractor for the first phase of a £300m project to build a neurology centre in London.

Planned to be completed in 2023, the research facility will be built on Gray’s Inn Road at the site of the Eastman Dental Hospital.

The facility will be a hub for the UK Dementia Research Institute and serve as a home for the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

UCL faculty of brain sciences dean Alan Thompson said: “The new site will provide a home to three world-leading organisations: the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, the headquarters and UCL component of the UK Dementia Research Institute, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

“Bringing these three powerhouses together under one roof will create the leading translational neurology research centre in the world, delivering innovative new discoveries and translating these into treatments that improve the health of patients suffering with dementia and other neurological diseases.

“The new site, within minutes of Queen Square, will provide state-of-the-art facilities and enabling technologies, ensuring that our research scientists have the very best chance of discovering new treatments for these devastating diseases.”

ISG Engineering Services’ specialist science and health team, led by consultancy Arcadis, will be responsible for design and procurement for the research facility.

Arcadis will provide project management, cost management and specialist support services.

ISG will lead the £110m pre-construction works package over the next four-year period.

An existing design team, which has been novated to ISG, will be led by architectural firm Hawkins/Brown. It will consist of engineering consultancies Hoare Lea and Ramboll.

The project is part of Transforming UCL, a £1.25bn programme which aims to invest in UCL’s estate to support the university’s continuing growth over a 10-year period.

ISG science and health business managing director Lee Hutchinson said: “We’re proud to be working with UCL again to deliver a science and healthcare facility of exceptional quality.

“A vital space will be created for scientists, researchers and clinicians of this world-renowned institute, to discover new ways to diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent one of the greatest health challenges of our time.”

The neurology hub will bring together 500 clinicians and researchers from different disciplines to tackle global challenges for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and vascular dementia, the firm said.

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Image: Rendering of the new research hub at University College London. Photo: Courtesy of Hawkins/Brown Architects.

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