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Contractor wanted for £60m Rolls-Royce research centre

The University of Birmingham is looking for a contractor to design and build a £60m research facility delivered in partnership with Rolls-Royce.

Located on the University of Birmingham campus, the High Temperature Research Centre will incorporate industrial work areas, technical laboratories and office spaces to provide world-leading research and teaching to university students.

The 13-month contract covers the design and build of the 5,850 sq m facility, a car park and service and waste areas on the site.

It is being funded by a £40m investment by Rolls-Royce and a £20m contribution from the Higher Education Funding Agency for England through the UK Research Partnerships Investment Fund.

University of Birmingham said it expected an additional £10m of private sector revenues to come through research programmes from industry over the first five years of operation.

Speaking to Construction News, Aecom’s head of science and innovation Mark Halstead recently hailed the government’s move to increase its capital spend on scientific research and infrastructure.

But he added the government needed to form more of these commercial partnerships with industry to ensure public investment in science will deliver economic returns.

Prequalification documents for the High Temperature Research Centre must be submitted by 28 August 2013 through the University of Birmingham’s online tendering system.

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