With an estimated budget of £200 million the massive central-London project for the Medical Research Council (MRC) may have to be housed on more than one site.
The body, which has been at the forefront of stem-cell research in this country, acknowledges that the 'multi-storey facility' could be split over two plots - the first building a 'heavily serviced' block worth £150 million and the second a 'very heavily serviced' building with a construction estimate of £50 million.
If the MRC decides on the twin-site option, there may then be a chance for two architectural teams to get involved in the project.
Although details of the scheme remain sketchy, it is understood the MRC is considering a design and build contract and that 'some or all of the design team will be novated to the contractor.'
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