Morgan Ashurst has won contracts worth £9.5m to build new research facilities at Norwich Research Park.
The Morgan Sindall subsidiary is creating a research centre at the John Innes Centre where scientists will research plants which could help in the fight against climate change.
Meanwhile, at the Institute of Food Research site, Morgan Ashurst is constructing a new building which will accommodate a Steam Explosion Pilot Plant, the first in the country, which allows scientists to explore ways of converting food chain waste into sustainable second generation biofuels.
The company is also creating a £5m Innovation Centre, which will accommodate 30 high-quality laboratories and offices open to all expanding science businesses, in an existing three-storey building.
Finally, Morgan Ashurst is constructing a 1,200m² energy-saving building which will accommodate the park’s finance and IT departments, one of its data centres, and an international training suite complete with laboratory facilities for the John Innes Centre. The firm aims to achieve a rating of ‘Very Good’ under BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for the project.