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Interserve wins £19m Procure21+ deal

Interserve has been awarded a £19.4 million contract to build a research centre in Exeter under the NHS Procure21+ framework.

The project is the 15th appointment for Interserve from nine NHS trusts since it was appointed as a principal supply chain partner in March 2010.

Work will begin on the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre for joint clients the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Exeter in April 2012.

The Wonford centre will be a single new building, shared by the University of Exeter, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for education and training purposes.

The project has also been awarded £4.75 million of funding from the prestigious Wellcome-Wolfson capitals award scheme, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation as part of their investment in the UK scientific infrastructure.

The new building will provide four floors of facilities, and will be linked at both ground and first floor levels to the existing Peninsula College of Dentistry and Medicine.

Interserve director Richard Ellis said: “Interserve is genuinely placed to provide its NHS clients with support across the whole spectrum of the NHS property portfolio, with its unique mix of health, property and construction professionals, providing strategic planning, advice, design and construction of new facilities through to small scale maintenance programmes.”

The new building is expected to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating, and will feature the use of photovoltaics on its roof. It is due to be completed at the end of October 2013.

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