M+W Group has been chosen to build RB’s £105m Centre for Scientific Excellence in Hull.
Groundwork has commenced at the Dansom Lane site ahead of construction starting this summer, with the centre expected to be in operation in 2018.
Health and hygiene products manufacturer RB, formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser, said the project was the single largest investment in its 150-year history.
The building will house healthcare development facilities including microbiology laboratories.
It will aim for high levels of energy efficiency, with the company having set itself targets to achieve a one-third reduction in its use of water and production of carbon.
German-owned M+W Group’s UK managing director Spencer Baber said: “M+W Group is delighted to have been selected as RB’s partner to deliver the new Centre for Scientific Excellence.
“This new facility will be an innovation hub, enabling RB to carry out industry-leading scientific research and development, to create new product ranges and healthcare solutions that could help transform lives in the future.”
M+W Group was a finalist for Contractor of the Year at the Construction News Awards 2016.
RB operates in more than 60 countries and employs some 37,000 people worldwide. Its best known products include Nurofen, Strepsils and Harpic.