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Competition: Aberystwyth University Vet Hub

Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University
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Aberystwyth University is seeking a design team for a major new veterinary hub

The team chosen for the £1.3 million commission will transform an existing 486m² building on the university’s suburban Penglais Campus (pictured) into a new specialised laboratory space for safeguarding animal and human health.

The ‘VetHub 1’ project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will deliver three new biosafety level 3 laboratories and up to two new biosafety level 2 laboratories along with a new entrance to the existing building at the southern end of the campus.

According to the brief: ‘This facility will provide modern, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories and office spaces within a building that will be used for promoting and protecting both animal and human health. The long-term aim of the proposed development will be to work with industry to produce new products, tests and approaches to improve animal health and welfare and reduce loss in the livestock industry.

‘This will be achieved by the proposed development that will support businesses throughout the livestock supply chain, in addition to the further development of pharmaceutical, animal health care businesses including veterinary practice, biotechnology and natural product companies, animal feed manufactures and other allied industries. This proposal is for capital for the adaptation and refurbishment of the building to enable these activities.’

Founded in in 1872 – Aberystwyth University is today home to more than 8,000 students and host a range of departments specialising in arts, humanities and sciences including an Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

The university is currently Wales’ leading institute for animal health and one of the most important centres for studying the discipline within the UK. Key research projects include creating biomarkers for Bovine tuberculosis and Johne’s disease which affects both cattle and sheep.

The latest project aims to broaden research opportunities at Aberystwyth University by creating a series of new biosafety level 3 laboratories where advanced products and services can be tested and developed.

The winning team will transform an existing laboratory into a new ‘state-of-the-art’ facility where scientists can screen plant extracts, develop new diagnostics, identify pathogens, and investigate new control methods.

Other major projects currently in development by the university include a new £40 million Innovation and Enterprise Campus designed by IBI Group and due to complete on the university’s Gogerddan site.

The deadline for applications is 2pm on 23 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Aberystwyth University
Finance Office
Student Welcome Centre
Penglais Campus
SY23 3FB

Tel: +44 1970628716
Email: tenstaff@aber.ac.uk


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