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Four in for £70m animal virus research lab

Exclusive: Construction News understands four contractors are vying for the £70m second phase of an animal disease research lab.

Bouygues, Laing O’Rourke, M&W and Shepherd are understood to be competing for the contract to build new laboratory facilities at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey.

The instiutue, formerly known as the Institute for Animal Health, is a centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans.

The Pirbright Institute is being redeveloped and its Compton Laboratory activities in Berkshire transferred to Pirbright.

Phase one of the site redevelopment was awarded to Shepherd Construction (pictured) to build a high bio-containment laboratory complex.

As part of the implementation of phase two of the masterplan, new facilities will be built to support research into poultry diseases and are expected to be complete around 2016.

Shepherd Construction was appointed to the first phase of the refurbished campus.

The new facility has an approximate floor area of 7,500 sq m across three floors (including a basement), plus a separate plant deck.

It will be a standalone building, situated on an operational research campus in close proximity to other similarly facilities.

The winning contractor will complete the design from RIBA Stage F1, and will be asked to provide a depth of knowledge, capacity and experience of BIM in order to win the deal.

The Pirbright Institute has been contacted for comment.

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