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Morgan Sindall tops out £45 million science centre for Anglia Ruskin University

A photograph of representatives from Anglia Ruskin University and Morgan Sindall as they top out the new science centre

Morgan Sindall has celebrated a key milestone in the construction of a new £45 million Science Centre for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

The new world-class centre will enable more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students to benefit from state-of-the-art facilities.

The topping out ceremony was celebrated by Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, alongside representatives from Anglia Ruskin University staff; Dr Saul Humphrey, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s East Anglian region and members of the project team.

The centre is due to open in September 2017 and will incorporate a 300-seat lecture theatre adapted for science and a 200-station biosciences laboratory. It will bring together teaching, postgraduate and staff facilities for four departments: Life Sciences; Biomedical and Forensic Sciences; Computing and Technology; and Psychology.

Professor Martin said: “Our new Science Centre will allow us to meet the increasing demand for our science courses and provide students and staff with a world-class facility in which to learn, teach and carry out research.

“We recognise the importance to our region of STEM-based education and skills, and the opening of the building in September is a key component of our strategy.”

Bob Ensch, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating this milestone in the construction of this key centre for Anglia Ruskin University. The completed centre will enable the university to bring together its teaching, research, and staff facilities across STEM departments under one roof, creating a real hub of expertise and innovation. Our team is making good progress on the development and we’re looking forward to delivering a great project for the university.”

Anglia Ruskin saw the number of STEM students increase by 51% between 2007 and 2013, and the new building will enable the recruitment of more students to take account of the increase in demand and the needs of industry.

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