The £12m capital investment will provide a building for DNA processing and evidence recovery at the current site of Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI) at Seapark, Carrickfergus.
Environment minister Mark Durkan said: “This is a major economic boost for East Antrim. This facility will bring significant investment to the Carrickfergus area and construction jobs in the short term.”
A key feature of the new building will be the exacting standards of control of its internal ‘clean room’ environment. It will also be a highly energy-efficient building, generating more power than it consumes.