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Architects sought for £100m veterinary lab centre

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The government is looking for architects and other building professionals for a huge redevelopment of Europe's largest veterinary laboratory centre, costing up to £100 million.

The Central Veterinary Laboratories project, which will cover hundreds of acres, will involve refurbishing and demolishing more than 20 buildings, some of which date back to 1917. They will be replaced by new labs, specialised farm buildings and administration offices. Work will be phased over five years on a site next to the M25 in Weybridge, Surrey. Sheppard Robson, which masterplanned the redevelopment in 1993 and updated it last year, said it was one of the most complex redevelopment projects the practice had undertaken.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has advertised the project in the ec Journal; the deadline for expressions of interest is 22 January 1999. Sheppard Robson, which specialises in laboratory design, said it was keen to enter the running.

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