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