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US diagnostic firm in £37mSuffolk campus plan

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Kemp Muir Wealleans has submitted a detailed planning application for phase one of a £37 million campus-style uk hq for a us diagnostics company in Sudbury, Suffolk.

The scheme, for Chiron Diagnostics, aims to bring together the Massachusetts- based firm's design, development, manufacturing and administration divisions - currently spread over a number of sites in Essex and Suffolk - on to one 13ha plot, recently acquired from Suffolk County Council.

kmw's masterplan, with the help of landscape architect Armstrong Bell Landscape Design, envisages three stages of development, with the first £9.5 million phase relocating sales, marketing, training and distribution and logistics operations in late 1999. The 6050m2 of buildings will include low-energy design technology incorporating inertia cooling. The second 6000m2 phase will transfer manufacturing facilities, while the third and largest phase will add yet more manufacturing space on lower and less visible land.

The architect has drawn inspiration from medieval occupation of the site and the adjoining Chiltern Hall, a local 'jewel' from the Middle Ages. The fragmented geometry of the hall, ditches and earthworks on the site is picked up in the building design, in new land contouring, and in a moat.

A training centre is accessed via a causeway over the new moat, and the landscape scheme has also drawn from evidence of a medieval trackway across the site in addition to perimeter structural planting and a public cycle route skirting the site.

Babergh District Council resolved to grant outline consent for a 33,100m2 complex in November. The site is zoned for industrial use and abuts the Green Belt.

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