Interserve wins £8.5m Genomics Partnership Wales centre

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Genomics Partnership Wales, Interserve

Interserve has been awarded the contract to design Genomics Partnership Wales’ new £8.5m research centre and offices by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Genomics Partnership Wales’ (GPW) work will support the government and other organisations seeking innovative medical solutions.

The partnership has been formed to establish a united approach to genomics in Wales and represents a number of organisations across several disciplines to fast-track the development of pharmaceuticals as laid out in the Welsh Government’s Genomics Strategy.

Key organisations

Welsh Government, the All Wales Medical Genetics Service, Wales Gene Park, Public Health Wales, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and other higher education institutions in the principality.

Under the NHS Building for Wales Framework, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board has commissioned Interserve Construction to design the new genomics services facility in Cardiff which will involve the refurbishment of an existing two-storey building, linked by circulation routes to neighbouring buildings

The redevelopment of the Maynard Centre

Interserve Construction will create a new reception and waiting area, treatment areas, genetics laboratories, office accommodation, seminar facilities, storage areas, freezer rooms and staff restrooms.

The building, which currently accommodates laboratories and office accommodation, will also include a containment level 2 laboratory space to ensure it is compliant with HBN 15 facilities for pathology services and the advisory committee on Dangerous Pathogens’ guidance on the management and operation of microbiological containment laboratories.

Delivering world-class medical facilities

Carl Read, Divisional Director at Interserve Construction, said: “Given that the coronavirus is currently dominating the headlines in the UK, Interserve’s appointment to build this new, potentially life-saving, facility couldn’t be timelier.

“Genomics Partnership Wales and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board’s decision to appoint Interserve Construction to design the new £8.5m research centre further underscores our capabilities in delivering world-class medical facilities including the Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy Centre, Manchester, the University of Hull’s Allam Medical Building and the Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil.”

The design work on the site has already commenced and construction work is scheduled to start in Spring 2021.

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