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.