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CPC to project manage Higgs Innovation Centre development

7 April 2014

CPC has been appointed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to provide Project Management and Cost Management services for the construction of the Higgs Innovation Centre at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

CPC to project manage Higgs Innovation Centre development

This follows the announcement by Chancellor George Osborne, in his autumn 2013 statement, to provide a capital investment of £10.7m to create the Centre which will focus on bringing together particle physics, large-scale astronomy and space science with commercial business services and opportunities.

The building itself will be a new construction on the observatory site and will house research and development facilities, including bespoke laboratories, a ‘big-data’ centre, clean rooms, seminar and meeting rooms and academic offices and other support accommodation.

It is anticipated that the construction contract will utilise a two-stage design and build process under the NEC3 Option A form of contract and will incorporate Building Information Management (BIM) processes. The project will also utilise the Government Soft Landings (GSL) programme to develop and deliver high level outcomes on environmental/sustainability, economic and social effectiveness.

Design work is ongoing with Stage C concept designs programmed for completion at the end of April 2014. The project is due to be completed by the end of March 2016.

Frank Crilley, CPC Partner said “CPC is delighted to be working on this important facility for the science community which will bring new state-of-the-art facilities, economic opportunities and technical innovation”.

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