Wates Construction has appointed SES Engineering Services to deliver full mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services on its Quadram Institute project in Norwich.
The national engineering specialist has secured the £18 million contract as part of a state-of-the-art £75 million food and health research laboratory project.
Bringing together research teams from the Institute of Food Research (IFR), the University of East Anglia as well as Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the 14,000sqm five-storey building at Norwich Research Park will provide a clinical and research space for 400 scientists and clinicians.
Working alongside lead contractor Wates Construction, SES will be responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of MEP services across the development, which will include laboratories, lecture theatres, offices and an endoscopy suite.
To enhance energy efficiency, photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps have also been incorporated into the building, which is due for completion in March 2018.
Tim Cunningham, SES regional director, London and South East said: “The work of the Quadram Institute will be vital and visionary and we are extremely proud to have been appointed to bring our expertise of delivering exemplary science and research engineering to this project.
“As you would expect, given the science and research industry’s crucial role as a key facilitator of UK economic growth, the new laboratory and research facilities will be truly world-class.
“With a project of this size and technical complexity, absolute precision is critical. In order to ensure all validation and commissioning standards are met, our team is committed to a ‘right first time’ approach and have already adopted a collaborative ‘one team’ approach alongside all project partners.”