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Laing O'Rourke wins £600m medical research contract

Laing O’Rourke has been chosen as the main contractor for a £600 million project to build a UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation at St Pancras in London.

Construction is expected to start on site in the spring and is due to be completed in 2015.

Laing O’Rourke is believed to have beaten competition from major contractors including a Bam Construct, Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture; Skanska, Lend Lease and German firm M&W Group.

The development had been put on hold after the general election in May but formally received the green light in November when the government confirmed it would be supporting the project with £220m to supplement the £380m already invested in the centre.

The centre will be a world class facility for medical research with 1,500 staff.

The UKCMRI charity has been founded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London.

Chief executive of Laing O’Rourke’s Europe hub, Roger Robinson said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver this transformational project in the heart of central London. 

“The Laing O’Rourke team has the right blend of technical expertise and construction resources required to ensure delivery of such a world-class project.”

UKCMRI’s construction director Andy Smith confirmed that the Laing O’Rourke bid scored the highest technically and commercially of the tenders received and represented the best value for money.

“Laing O’Rourke has a superb track record in delivering such complicated projects. We are very pleased to be working with them.”

UKCMRI chief executive Sir Paul Nurse said: “This extraordinary development will play a key role in understanding and tackling diseases that affect people across the UK. It is a complex building designed to promote creative and collaborative research to study these problems.”

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