Construction work fast-tracked at new vaccine centre

Grant Prior 1 year ago
Share

Construction work has started ahead of schedule to build the UK’s first vaccine development and manufacturing centre.

Glencar Construction is main contractor on the Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

A “rapidly accelerated” construction programme will aim to see the 75,000 sq ft facility open its doors in 2021, ahead of the original scheduled date in 2022.

Ground works began on site earlier this month and have focused on site clearance, preparing the site for construction and the early order of the steelwork.

Glencar expect to see the base build ready for early access for fit-out, in late July/early August.

Design and fit out are underway and led by WHP Engineering.

Dr Matthew Duchars, Chief Executive of the Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre said:“Whilst no-one could have predicted the Covid-19 outbreak we are doing all we can to fast track the build so VMIC is set-up to offer long-term support to the UK’s future vaccines needs whilst simultaneously contributing right now to the vital work that will help us emerge from this pandemic.

“As well as working with the Harwell team and contractors to deliver the build rapidly ahead of schedule, VMIC scientists and engineers are working round the clock as part of the BIA CoViD19 Taskforce.”

Cliff Dare, Chief Operating Officer of Harwell Campus Management team and Development Manager for the VMIC build said: “It is essential that we continue to fast track this project of national importance, bringing the facility into operation as quickly as possible.

“This is not a straightforward build and fit out; it is a complex advanced centre of technology and that throws up its own particular challenges.

“One way we are addressing this is by looking at novel strategies for developing fit out/technologies, including off-site manufacture that will sit within the building to be developed alongside groundworks.”

Eddie McGillycuddy, Managing Director of Glencar Construction said: “We have made an accelerated start and reduced our construction programme with the support of our partners, making this project an excellent example of all that is good about our industry.”

Latest news

53 jobs axed at Cleveland Bridge

First wave of redundancies as talks continue with interested buyers
2 hours ago

Morgan Sindall posts storming set of results

Profit, turnover and net cash surge ahead with more to come during the rest of the year
9 hours ago

World’s largest scaffold wrap installed at Bullring

Embrace Building Wraps team finishes work on five tonne scaffold banner over Selfridges store: Video
1 hour ago

Plan unveiled for 27-floor Manchester resi block

Full £200m plan for former Renaissance hotel site redevelopment revealed
10 hours ago

Profits set to hit £820m at Taylor Wimpey

Record number of completions as rising house prices offset materials price inflation
9 hours ago

Altrincham’s House of Fraser redevelopment plan

Rackhams building to be overhauled with two more floors and large green wall
9 hours ago

Mace wins green Mayfair office scheme

Berkeley Square office project is first for property investor Astrea
9 hours ago

Balfour wins race for Hub South East spot

Balfour joins BAM and Morrison as Tier 1 contractors
10 hours ago

Nearly a third of major contractors paying faster than 30 days

Average payment times edge forward by a day to 34 days - full list
1 day ago

Nmcn now expects losses to hit £43m

Contractor confirms latest jump in estimated losses and delays results again
2 days ago

Wates raids WSP for new healthcare chief

New senior healthcare team to target Government's £20bn new hospitals programme
1 day ago

HS2 to pioneer 3D printed graphene reinforced concrete

Skanska Costain Strabag JV to start trials next spring using 5t robots on site
2 days ago

Plans go in for next major phase of £1bn Middlewood Locks

Salford site to get new new resi towers of 32, 28 and 15 storeys
1 day ago

Hollywood studio plans £700m Hertfordshire base

Another major film studio to be built in Hertfordshire
2 days ago

17 firms win £560m social house building deal

North west social housing consortium JV North plans to build 4,000 homes
2 days ago

Willmott Dixon wins Telford Station Quarter scheme

Telford & Wrekin Council moves forward with phase one of town centre regeneration scheme
1 day ago

Cleveland Bridge administrators to resume production

Staff will be contacted this week to finish contracts as buyer sought
3 days ago

Henry Boot launches new tech JV after £1bn Golden Valley win

Contractor's property arm teams up with developer Factory to target tech schemes
2 days ago

Brickabilty snaps up southern roofing contractor

Hampshire-based Leadcraft bought for £5.5m
2 days ago

Contractors warned over surge in contaminated plastic waste

Fresh crackdown after thousands of tonnes of construction plastic wrap waste blocked from illegal export
2 days ago

Plans in for £180m Milton Keynes tower scheme

Work could start before end of year on £180m mixed-use scheme
2 days ago

Campaigners win court fight to block £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel

High Court judge quashes development consent granted by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
5 days ago

Bidding starts for Midlands £28m Camp Hill Line stations

Bidding starts for three new stations after Covid-19 delay
2 days ago

£350m Manchester twin skyscraper plan approved

Twin 56-storey residential towers to join Great Jackson Street cluster
6 days ago

Ballymore strikes deal for 2,800-home West London site

Partnership deal with Sainsbury's for 18-acre canalside site at Ladbroke Grove
5 days ago

Utilities firm Fulcrum plunges to £11.5m loss

Firm hit by second wave lockdowns delaying contract awards and mobilisations
5 days ago

Green light for £100m UK Holocaust Memorial building

Work to start later this year on large memorial building next to Parliament
5 days ago

Government pledges another £81m for cycle lanes

Highway Code to be revamped to prioritise cyclists
5 days ago

Long Scottish Covid lockdown cost Robertson £11.5m

Private building group plunged into £6.1m trading loss by 3 month lockdown
6 days ago

Funding deal green lights £40m modular student scheme

Financier Maslow Capital backs Audley Modular Student Living’s latest scheme in Edinburgh
5 days ago

Contractor services