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Top construction firms to build £400m public health science campus in Essex, UK

Staff Writer | January 10, 2018
Kier Group, Wates Construction and VolkerFitzpatrick have been selected to create the new £400 million public health science campus in Essex.
Kier Group
Construction   Kier Group, Wates Construction and VolkerFitzpatrick
They have been selected for the 4 key elements of the £400 million capital spend programme to create the campus.

This includes building and refurbishing new and existing laboratories and office areas; construction of a new arrivals area and logistics centre; and site-wide infrastructure including car parking.

The appointments, creating thousands of construction-related jobs, sees the end of an 18-month procurement process, with work expected to start next month.

The successful companies bid for 4 lots. The appointment of all 3 contractors provides a boost to local employment - particularly in the case of VolkerFitzpatrick, whose head office is located in the neighbouring town of Hoddesdon.

The next steps will see the contractors working with the existing design teams and preparing the site for major construction. This is planned to start in 2019, with phased occupation starting in 2021.

PHE Harlow, as the campus will be known, is expected to employ up to 2,750 people by 2024, with scope for further expansion.

Facilities from Porton in Wiltshire and Colindale in north London, as well as PHE’s central London headquarters, will be relocated to the single centre of excellence for public health research, health improvement and protection.

The campus is critical to the future of PHE, ensuring we will be able to use the latest scientific advances to deliver our world-leading science and evidence for issues such as smoking, alcohol, diabetes, dementia, infectious diseases, environmental hazards and climate change nationally and internationally.

PHE submitted an Outline Business Case to government in July 2014. An interim decision was taken in September 2015 to move the majority of PHEfunctions from Porton to Harlow.

In November 2015 the government supported a further proposal to move PHE science facilities at Colindale to Harlow to create a single integrated campus. The government has committed £400 million capital investment for the project.