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Cambridge based laboratory of the future reaches ‘topping out’ stage
A new building for the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge has reached the first major stage of completion, known as ‘topping out’. The new building, due to open in 2012, will provide first class facilities to some of the world’s leading scientists, including neuroscientists, and stands as the flagship building for the extension of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Local MP and Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP, performed the 'topping out' ceremony and Universities and Science Minister the Rt Hon David Willetts MP also attended the event in Cambridge on Friday, 10 September to commemorate this landmark moment in medical research.
The laboratory, being built by BAM Construction Ltd, will cost around £200 million and provide space and facilities for more than 400 researchers. The 'topping out' stage describes the moment in a construction project where the final beam is placed at the highest point of the building. The architects are RMJM.
The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE, Secretary of State for Health and MP for South Cambridgeshire, said:
"Over the last fifty years we have seen MRC researchers make countless discoveries that have had a tangible benefits for the health of millions of people in the UK and worldwide, from the sequencing of DNA to the development of humanised monoclonal antibodies. I am thrilled both as Secretary of State for Health and constituency MP for South Cambridgeshire to see the new MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology building emerge as a unique centre of innovation and a flagship for the newly-extended Cambridge Biomedical Campus."
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Dame Alison Richard, said:
Posted on 10/09/2010
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