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Lend Lease wins £25m Aberdeen nutrition centre

Property and infrastructure giant Lend Lease has won a £25m contract to build the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute for Nutrtion and Health.

The building, on the Foresterhill health campus, will replace the existing institute, with work beginning in 2013 – as Rowett celebrates 100 years of rsearch.

The body specializes in national and global nutritional issues.

Completion is due in late 2014, with staff relocating in early 2015.

“Gordon Anderson, Lend Lease’s executive general manager, said: “Being named preferred main contractor for the Rowett Institute is a great result for Lend Lease. This project was identified in our business plan as a key win, further cementing our presence in the North East of Scotland.

“We are particularly excited about working with the University of Aberdeen and Halliday Fraser Munro to create a building that is fitting to hold one of Scotland’s most important research institutes.

“We are fully committed to the North East of Scotland, and have been appointed to Aberdeenshire Council’s Capital Works Framework. We are developing strong relationships in the region.”

Professor Peter Morgan, University Vice-Principal and Director of the Rowett Institute said  “We are now at the really exciting phase of this project, which will bring our new state of the art research building to life.  The promise of this new facility has already attracted new high calibre academic appointments to the University.

“The Rowett is already at the forefront of the UK’s research capability in nutrition.  With rapidly growing rates of obesity much more work is needed, particularly when it comes to understanding how and why people eat in the way that they do and what can be done to change eating behaviour. Rowett research also supports the food and drink industry to produce healthier products.

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