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Voreda and Imperial College London selects Laing O'Rourke for £100m Imperial West hub

Laing O’Rourke has won a £100m deal to build a research hub for Voreda and Imperial College London.

The Imperial West Research and Translation Hub will be built in White City, London.

Laing O’Rourke said it would use its Design for Manufacture & Assembly approach to build the hub.

London developer Voreda has partnered with Imperial to build the centre, which has an overall value of £200m and will be part of the new Imperial West campus in west London.

Voreda has a £73m development and investment facility from Santander Corporate Banking for the 23,000 sq m translation centre. 

Imperial was awarded £35m by the Higher Education Funding Council for England towards the development of an adjacent 25,000 sq m research centre in November 2012.

Construction will start next month with Laing O’Rourke and its specialist group businesses Crown House Technologies, Explore Manufacturing, Expanded, Select Plant and Laing O’Rourke Facades to deliver the two buildings. It will be completed in summer 2016.

The development will incorporate 50 scalable units to support entrepreneurs, university and industry spinouts and new ventures. It will provide high-spec, multidisciplinary research space for 1,000 next generation scientists and engineers.

Laing O’Rourke said its “in-house digital engineering expertise, ability to manufacture components offsite and modularise MEP solutions” was a key factor in the contract award, as it would be able to “minimise disruption to the busy surrounding area and demonstrate quality certainty and programme savings”.

Laing O’Rourke leader for construction UK Steve Coleby said: “Collaboration, professionalism and attention to detail have been at the heart of the tender process and we now look forward to taking this approach through to the delivery phase.”

Imperial College London vice-president (development & innovation) David Gann said: “Imperial West already hosts scores of innovative spin-outs and start-ups, and is highly connected to London’s TechCity and MedCity ecosystems.

“The Research and Translation Hub allows us to take this to the next level. Other major new facilities will follow on as our vision for Imperial West comes to fruition.”

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