£25m new­build will pro­vide food for thought

The Herald Business - - News Digest -

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.”

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