Kier has won a deal to deliver a new £20m science laboratory in Newcastle.
The contractor has been picked by Newcastle City Council to design and build the development, which will provide 77,000 sq ft of laboratory space.
The development forms part of the £350m Newcastle Science Central project, which will include 500,000 sq ft of office space and is the largest science park development currently under way in the UK.
The new laboratory is being funded by a mix of Local Growth Fund cash, funding from Newcastle City Council, and the European Regional Development Fund.
Newcastle City Council chief executive Pat Ritchie said: “Newcastle has a thriving life science and healthcare sector, which is rapidly expanding, and there’s a shortage of specialist laboratory space in the city.
“Newcastle Laboratory will provide this flourishing sector with the much-needed specialist facilities – enabling life science organisations to continue growing, innovating and producing pioneering research and products.”
Kier is the third contractor to be picked to build a project as part of Newcastle Science Central, following McAlpine and Bowmer & Kirkland.
Last month, McAlpine got the go-ahead from planners to begin building a £29m learning and teaching development at the site, having already completed the £11.2m office building The Core in 2016.
Bowmer & Kirkland is also on site at Science Central, building the £60m Urban Sciences building, which is due to open in August.