The building is being constructed for BioMed Realty Trust Inc., which owns and operates the Granta Park scientific research centre. It will house the new European headquarters for biomedical company Illumina, which specialises in genomics and genetic research technology.
The new three-storey concrete-frame building will have scientific research space, including a data centre capable of handling Illumina’s significant data requirement. Internal area will amount to 14,400m2 (155,000 square feet).
Morgan Sindall area director Bob Ensch said: “The Array Multiplex building is a key development on Granta Park and we’re very pleased to have been appointed to this significant project. The building will utilise next-generation ‘smart’ technology and help to ensure the building operates at optimum capacity throughout its lifetime. Our project team will draw on knowledge gleaned from its extensive experience delivering world-class research facilities and will be bringing that insight to bear on this development.”
Sustainable features including brise soleil vertical solar shading panels will help to maintain the building’s temperature and prevent overheating. The building will also have a three-storey winter garden.
Morgan Sindall is already on site at two projects for the University of Cambridge. The company is constructing the university’s £40.8m Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology facility and is also delivering the university’s new £8.8m Department of Engineering hub.