Graham Construction to build Edinburgh’s Higgs Centre for Innovation

higgs centreGraham Construction has won the job to build the Higgs Centre for Innovation in Edinburgh.

The Construction Enquirer reports that the firm will build the space technology centre, named after particle scientist Peter Higgs, at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre’s Royal Observatory.

Graham won the job with a £6.4 million bid. The total scheme is expected to cost around £12m allowing for fit-out with research equipment.

In partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the Government-funded centre will focus on space and big data technologies and will facilitate research students and small businesses to bridge the gap between scientific innovation and commercial expertise, bringing both economic and societal benefits to the UK.

Consultant CPC is providing project and cost management consultancy support and led the planning and design teams to submit plans for the centre in October 2014.

Prof John Womersley, chief executive of the STFC, said: “Particle physics, astronomy and space science all address one of the biggest questions in science, what is the universe made of.

“The Higgs Centre for Innovation will significantly increase the positive impact that arises from fundamental research like this, both in job creation and economic opportunities and growth in the UK.”

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