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Shepherd lands £70m Pirbright Institute phase two

Shepherd Construction has been appointed to build the £70m Biological Resources Facility at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey.

The contractor beat Bouygues, Laing O’Rourke and M&W, which Construction News revealed were also in the running for the project in April.

Shepherd Construction will build the £70m new laboratory at the animal disease research facility. Phase one of the site redevelopment was also awarded to Shepherd Construction (pictured) to build a high bio-containment laboratory complex.

Shepherd’s executive director of development Gary Edwards said: “Having already delivered an award-winning new laboratory and research facility for the Pirbright Institute, we are delighted to be appointed as the second stage contractor for the new Biological Resources Facility.”

The Pirbright Institute, 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 in Surrey.

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.

The Biological Resources Facility project will include a four-storey laboratory building, including basement and mechanical plant levels, with office accommodation, staff facilities and external plant compounds.

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