£25m newbuild will provide food for thought
LENDLEASE, the integrated property and infrastructure group, has been appointed to build the new £25 million Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health for the University of Aberdeen.
The firm, which is currently building The Hydro arena in Glasgow, will start work on the threestorey building this month, fittingly in the Rowett’s centenary year, with completion due in November 2014. The design team will be led by the Aberdeen office of Halliday Fraser Munro Architects, which is already working with Lend Lease on the replacement Mearns Academy for Aberdeenshire Council.
Gordon Anderson, Lend Lease’s executive general manager, said: “This project was identified in our business plan as a key win. Lend Lease’s Scottish portfolio is growing. We are already building The Hydro, a technically challenging arena development which will attract some of the biggest acts, and the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde, playing a role in securing Scotland’s scientific and education legacy.”
Among the new facilities in the new building, which will be on the university’s health campus at Foresterhill, will be a human nutri- tion unit, the most advanced one of its kind in the UK.
Professor Peter Morgan, director of the Rowett Institute, welcomed the news, adding: “The promise of this new facility has attracted new high-calibre academic appointments to the university. The Rowett is at the forefront of the UK’s research capability in nutrition. With growing rates of obesity, much more work is needed.”