Laing O’Rourke’s contract is valued at £100m. Central to its winning the deal was its ability to manufacture much of the project off site, minimising disruption in the area.
The 48,000m2 Research & Translation Hub development, valued at a total of £200m, will be the centrepiece of Imperial's new seven-acre technology campus, Imperial West, on the BBC's former Woodlands site in White City, alongside the A40 in west London. Imperial West is being developed by Voreda Developments Ltd for the university.
Starting in September 2014, Laing O’Rourke and its subsidiaries Crown House Technologies, Explore Manufacturing, Expanded, Select Plant and Laing O’Rourke Facades will deliver the two buildings that together form the Research & Translation Hub. It will be completed in summer 2016.
The Research & Translation Hub will be run by Imperial College ThinkSpace, which works with entrepreneurs and businesses to provide workspaces and relocation support. The Hub will have an emphasis on linking research and commerce to benefit society and the economy. It will also provide research space for 1,000 scientists and engineers.