Graham Construction has won a £6.4m bid to construct a space centre in Edinburgh, UK, named after famous particle scientist Peter Higgs.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation has been planned to be developed at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre’s (ATC) Royal Observatory site in the city, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.

UK ATC is operated by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

UK had announced plans for the project in December 2013. The entire project is expected to cost approximately £12m and will involve fit-out of the centre with research equipment.

"The Higgs Centre for Innovation will significantly increase … job creation and economic opportunities and growth in the UK."

The centre will be constructed to conduct researches and focus on space and big data technologies.

It is expected to assist start-ups for translating fundamental research and capabilities at the UK ATC and at universities in order to expand their commercial footprint.

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Project and cost management consultancy support for the scheme is being provided by consultant CPC, reports The Construction Enquirer.

Planning and designs for the planned development were submitted in October 2014.

STFC chief executive John Womersley said: "Particle physics, astronomy and space science all address one of the biggest questions in science, what is the universe made of.

"The Higgs Centre for Innovation will significantly increase the positive impact that arises from fundamental research like this, both in job creation and economic opportunities and growth in the UK."