Kier bags London life sciences lab

Kier has been appointed to deliver a life sciences laboratory in London’s Hammersmith.

The project – the value of which has not been disclosed – will create 121,000 square feet of laboratory and research space and involve the extension and reconfiguration of the existing four-storey building.

The facade will be replaced, two new storeys added and a green roof will replace the existing one.

Kier said it would support local small and medium sized construction firms through the Hammersmith and Fulham Local Supply Chain Project, giving them the opportunity to tender for work.

The tier one will also work with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to generate jobs, apprenticeships, work experience and training opportunities for local people.

The scheme, known as Refinery, is being developed by ARC.

David McKenzie, managing director for Kier, London and southern, said: “We are delighted to be working with ARC again on this innovative project which will transform this area of the Thames near Hammersmith.

“We will be bringing together Kier’s extensive expertise in delivering commercial and life sciences facilities to create a development that will be a showcase for innovation and technology.”

Kier will also deliver a new public park linked with the Thames Path and neighbouring residential developments.

Earlier this year, Lendlease’s development director said it was reserving room for life sciences in its multi-billion redevelopment of Euston station in London.

Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds also flagged life sciences projects as an area of opportunity for the tier one in a recent interview with Construction News.

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