Consultants appointed for £200m Belfast university deal

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Three large operation consultancies person been named connected a £200m woody to physique innovation centres for Queen’s University Belfast successful Northern Ireland.

Arcadis, Turner & Townsend and Faithful+Gould volition supply task management, plan and operation services arsenic portion of the declaration win.

Arcadis has been appointed to enactment connected the £98m Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) project. The biggest strategy of the three, it includes designing a 10,500-square-metre probe installation successful Newtownabbey, aimed astatine giving manufacturing and engineering businesses entree to the latest exertion and equipment.

Arcadis manager David Losty said the manufacturing hub was focused connected creating jobs successful the section area, arsenic good arsenic connected research.

He added: “This task genuinely exemplifies our ethos of improving prime of beingness and we are truly pleased to beryllium involved.”

Meanwhile, Faithful+Gould won the plan declaration for the Global Innovation Institute (GII), valued astatine £58m. The centre volition beryllium utilized to enactment the Titanic Quarter’s innovation district, and summation the assortment and measurement of integer innovation needed.

Faithful+Gould manager Anthony McNeill said the consultancy’s plan squad was acceptable to present a abstraction that would “stand the trial of time”.

The 3rd innovation space, which is the £52m Institute of Research Excellence for Advanced Clinical Healthcare (iREACH), volition beryllium worked connected by Turner & Townsend. It is being built connected the pandemic learning that determination is simply a beardown nexus betwixt objective probe and amended treatment. This wellness centre volition service the NHS, arsenic good arsenic the aesculapian industry, investigating caller drugs and wellness technology.

Turner & Townsend subordinate manager Kevin McNaull said that portion the steadfast was specifically moving connected task and outgo management, gathering accusation modelling, and wellness and information advice, it was besides roping successful Arup for its engineering expertise.

The innovation centres are portion of a £1bn Belfast City Region Deal, which is delivering much than 20 projects to regenerate the superior city, successful a concern betwixt the cardinal authorities and section authorities. Other large jobs successful Belfast see a £200m transport hub, which is being worked connected by a Farrans associated venture.