KIER WINS £27.5M DESIGN & BUILD CORNERSTONE OFFICE SCHEME

Kier has been awarded a £27.5m contract by developers Bridgecore to design and build Cornerstone, a flagship office scheme in the Manor Royal Business District.

The 131,000sq ft grade A development in Crawley has been pre-let to Elekta, a global leader in the development of state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems used across the spectrum of cancer care.

Elekta invented the world’s first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac), which delivers radiation in the form of high-energy x-rays to treat cancerous tumours. The company designs and manufactures the current version in its existing facility, and will develop a radiotherapy centre of excellence in the new building.

The scheme is adjacent to and will integrate with Elekta’s existing UK headquarters in the Manor Royal Business District on a five acre site, combining both its research and development team, and its global product support and administration functions, which will integrate into the new premises.

Cornerstone is the second project in recent months that Kier has been appointed to in the Manor Royal Business District. In November it was announced that Cantium Developments had selected the firm to build Acorn Retail Park, a major new retail scheme at County Oak, which will be occupied by Aldi, M&S Simply Food and Smyths Toys.

Steve Cresswell, operations director for Kier Construction in Crawley, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious commercial scheme within the Manor Royal Business District. This landmark project is a significant win for our Crawley team – itself based in Manor Royal – and forms a key part of Vision 2020, Kier’s strategy for growth.

“The delivery of this flagship project will require around 150 people working on site at its peak, which means it’s also an important scheme for Crawley and the area’s economy – we will build on our strong local relationships with our supply chain, education providers and the Borough Council throughout the project to help create valuable employment and training opportunities.”

Bridgecore’s Philip Skottowe said: “Having completed the prelet with Elekta and forward funding with LaSalle Investment Management, we’re delighted to have concluded the building contract with Kier. This is a collaborative project and we are all focused on delivering what will be a landmark office building for Elekta and the wider region, which will set new standards in the quality of the working environment.”

Michael Easton, Elekta Limited senior vice president for HR, said: “For several years now, we have sought to create a building and lasting legacy worthy of the life-changing innovations that Crawley has brought to the world; not to mention the multi-million pound impact on UK manufacturing exports and the regional economy. The campus will celebrate radiotherapy excellence, inspire healthcare engineering ingenuity and maintain the momentum of innovation for which Crawley is renowned.”

In addition to high quality office space, Kier will deliver a 378-space car park, and there is the potential for a further Cat B fit-out project in a second phase, valued at approximately £5m.

Kier will start work on the site this month and the project is due to complete in November 2017.

The project team includes:

Architect: TP Bennett
Quantity surveyor: Quantem Consulting LLP
M&E engineer: Waterman Building Services

Structural engineer: Price & Myers

This news was originally published on the Kier website http://www.kier.co.uk/press-office/press-release/2016/cornerstone-27m-crawley.aspx

Minister for Life Sciences Visits Crawley as Building Work on New Radiotherapy Centre of Excellence Commences

Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman visited Crawley on Tuesday September 8th to officially mark the start of Elekta’s multi-million pound radiotherapy centre of excellence campus building in Crawley, called Cornerstone.

The Minister joined over 40 dignitaries including Elekta President and CEO Tomas Puusepp; Crawley Borough Council CEO Lee Harris; and, chief executive of Gatwick Diamond Business Jeremy Taylor as guests of Elekta Ltd., a world-leading manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders.

Work will now begin on Elekta’s new Cornerstone (www.cornerstonehub.net) facility next to the company’s existing site on Manor Royal. This is the site where the world’s first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac) was invented and the current version is produced.

Cornerstone is scheduled to open in 2017 when it will become a local, regional and global community resource; hosting events and workshops for students and experts alike.

Elekta President and CEO Tomas Puusepp said:

“We are extremely grateful that the Minister for Life Sciences could join us on this special occasion. For several years now, we have sought to create a building and lasting legacy worthy of the life-changing innovations that Crawley has brought to the world; not to mention the multi-million pound impact on UK manufacturing exports and the regional economy.

“The campus will celebrate radiotherapy excellence; inspire healthcare engineering ingenuity and maintain the momentum of British innovation for which Crawley is renowned. We are especially delighted that that so many prestigious national and regional figures will be joining us on this momentous occasion.”

Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman said:

“Elekta’s new ‘Cornerstone’ campus in Crawley will be a global hub for innovation in radiotherapy. Their commitment to the UK is another step towards our goal to be the location of choice for investment in global life sciences, with over £3.5 billion of inward investment into the UK since we launched our Life Science Strategy .”

Elekta was granted planning permission to build the new campus building in Crawley on February 4, World Cancer Day.

The plans for the facility were shown publicly for the first time in October, 2014 at Crawley Civic Hall. More than 100 people visited the event, which revealed future plans for Cornerstone including GP and Breakfast TV Health Editor Dr. Hilary Jones.

Elekta Confirms Cornerstone Consultation Event Success

Crawley-based Elekta Ltd., the world-leading manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders, has thanked more than 100 local people who attended a free consultation event in Crawley.

Elekta revealed their plans for their new multi-million Cornerstone Centre of Excellence at the consultation event at the Crawley Civic Hall on Friday October 10th, whilst visitors rubbed shoulders with GP and Breakfast TV Health Editor Dr. Hilary Jones.

It was the first time the plans for this world class campus facility to promote excellence in radiotherapy and healthcare engineering had been shared with the public.

Dr. Hilary attended the business networking lunch on the day, along with invited local business guests. He also took part in a question and answer session whilst local business leaders Jeremy Taylor of Gatwick Diamond Business and Steve Sawyer of the Manor Royal Business District made short presentations about ‘Crawley and Our Future Together’.

Elekta themselves shared their own future plans for the Cornerstone Centre of Excellence – scheduled to open in Crawley in 2017.

For Elekta Oncology, executive vice president, Bill Yaeger said,

“We are delighted that so many local residents and business people took time to find out more about our exciting plans for Cornerstone. Some people said they were surprised that a world class facility like this was being planned for Crawley. Here at Elekta we believe Crawley deserves Cornerstone and the economic benefits it will bring the region.

“We wanted to share our vision and answer any questions people had. The result was a vibrant and supportive event.”

Dr. Hilary Jones said,

“Thank you to Elekta for the kind invitation to be part of the launch of this exciting new project. Like many, I had little appreciation of just what an incredible contribution Crawley has made in the global fight against cancer. As a GP I have a professional interest in the latest innovations as we continue to treat patients with this devastating disease. It’s exciting to think that, thanks to Cornerstone, Crawley will be at the forefront of the global future of cancer treatment for many years to come.”

The new Cornerstone facility will be built adjacent to the Elekta’s existing site on Manor Royal where the first commercially-produced linear accelerator (LINAC) was invented and made, The Centre of Excellence will be an international hub celebrating radiotherapy excellence; inspiring healthcare engineering ingenuity and maintaining the momentum of British innovation.

In particular, The Centre of Excellence will be a local, regional and global community resource; hosting events and workshops for students and experts alike.

FIRST PICTURES: Elekta Reveals Centre of Excellence Vision

Elekta Ltd, (www.elekta.com) the world-leading manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders, has revealed the first pictures of its planned multi-million Centre of Excellence.

The Elekta Centre of Excellence will take over two years to build and is scheduled to open in 2017 and will provide a campus for its 900 plus employees in the area.

The images are a small selection of architect’s visuals revealed publicly for the first time at a free consultation event on October 10th at Crawley Civic Hall from 10am to 7pm.

The building has been designed by R H Partnership Architects and will feature a modern centre of excellence campus with atrium, communal areas, demonstration area, display and lecture facilities. The building will also have an environmental focus with electrical vehicle charging; cycle parking; extensive landscaping; and, energy saving features to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

For Elekta Oncology, executive vice president, Bill Yaeger said,

“Our vision for the building is ambitious. And R H Partnership has interpreted our vision with precision and creativity. You really start to get a sense of what a significant landmark the building will become in Crawley, Gatwick and the West Sussex region.”

The new facility will be built adjacent to the site where the first commercially-produced linear accelerator (LINAC) was invented and made, The Centre of Excellence will be an international hub celebrating Elekta and the town’s contribution to oncology treatment; inspiring healthcare engineering ingenuity and maintaining the momentum of British innovation.

The Cornerstone Centre of Excellence will be a local, regional and global community resource; hosting events and workshops for students and experts alike.

GP and Breakfast TV Health Editor Dr. Hilary Jones will be attending the free consultation event between 12 and 1pm to meet some of the town’s businesses.