Kier has been appointed to deliver a new £50m scientific research facility in Surrey.
The Pirbright Institute, which researches the prevention and control of viral diseases, has tasked Kier to deliver the new 4,745 sq m specialist facility and work space.
The Brooksby Building, as it is to be known, will allow scientists to carry out funded research and surveillance programs to tackle viral diseases of farm animals, and viruses that spread from animals to humans.
Kier managing director for major projects and buildings Matthew Cova said: “High-containment facilities present the greatest challenge with the rigour required in the integration of design-and-build techniques.
“We have a proven track record delivering such technical projects and we are looking forward to creating this development that forms a part of the UK’s national science infrastructure.”
Work is due to begin on site early next year, with the building scheduled to be operational by 2021.
The company has previously been appointed to build biomedical research facilities at the University of Cambridge and has won one of four contracts for preparation work and professional services at a new 17,000 sq m laboratory for Public Health England in Harlow, Essex.
Kier’s share price dropped recently after the announcement of a share rights issue in response to banks pulling out of the sector.
This article has been amended to show that the company’s work on projects in Cambridge and Harlow is not complete and that Kier is only so-far involved in some of the preparation work at the Harlow site.