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HBG scoops £140m bio lab deal

HBG has clinched a £140 million deal to build a new research facility at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, the contractor confirmed today.

As tipped in Construction News last December, HBG will construct the Laboratory of Molecular Biology complex – one of the UK’s largest laboratories - for the Medical Research Council.

The firm beat rivals Laing O’Rourke to take the three year deal.

The lab, designed by Scottish architect RMJM, will stretch over 32,500 sq m with four departments and 600 staff. The scheme is part of a wider biomedical campus being developed on the 28 ha site.

The project will see 230,000 sq m of biomedical research facilities built as well as a learning centre, conference facility and hotel.

Countryside Properties has joined forces with fellow developer Liberty and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the Cambridge Biochemical Campus.

HBG said that the building will be supported by more than 780 structural piles to mitigate the effects of vibration on laboratory conditions.

HBG construction manager Jim Power said some of the piles would be integrated as a highly efficient and cost-effective source of energy heating and cooling.

Work will start on the Cambridge project before the end of the year.

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