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Morrison Construction wins £9.6m contract for Heriot-Watt University and British Geological Survey's Lyell Centre

Morrison Construction has been appointed as main contractor for the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University’s new Lyell Centre.

The Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology will be constructed under the £9.6m project to create a collaborative centre for the Scottish headquarters of the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus.

The contractor, part of Galliford Try plc, will construct the centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences on vacant land which is already a part of the university grounds.

It will build offices, aquarium laboratories and associated working areas, research laboratory areas, ancillary meeting areas, a central core with welfare facilities and external landscaped areas.

Morrison Construction regional director Eddie Robertson said: “This appointment reflects our strong reputation and market presence within the education sector. We look forward to working with Heriot-Watt University and The British Geological Survey to create the top class facilities the students and staff deserve.”

The geoscience technology centre will examine sustainable energy, resource supply and the effects of global climate change.

Heriot-Watt University will invest £8.5m into its recruitment drive for centre staff.

John Ludden, executive director for BGS, said, “[We are] delighted that the contract for the Lyell Centre has been agreed and building can commence on an exciting new opportunity for the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University to strengthen our capabilities and build new areas of co-operation.

Construction is expected to begin this month and be completed by early 2016.

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