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New £18M medical research centre for Queen's University Belfast is one of Northern Ireland's first BIM projects

Posted by Stephanie Broad | December 18, 2015 | Estates

The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) at Queen’s University Belfast is a new four-storey building including 7,320m2 of biomedical research laboratories, secondary laboratory space, offices and cold storage. It will provide accommodation for 330 members of staff who specialise in research into finding cures for chronic diseases. 

The facility adjoins the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on the site of the Belfast City Hospital.

The project, which was built over two years and is valued at £18.7m, was one of the first and largest schemes in Northern Ireland where BIM – a process involving the generation and management of digital 3D modelling – was used. 


Turner & Townsend oversaw cost management services, including several lifecycle costing studies, helping the design team create a prime example of carbon reduction, with the aim of helping the University achieve its target of cutting CO2 emissions by 21% by 2020.

Colm Lavery, Director, Turner & Townsend, said: “We have a strong relationship with Queen’s University Belfast and were delighted to assist on such a complex flagship project.  

“We recognise that partnering with our clients at every stage of the investment and construction process is vital to offer them concrete cost alternatives and efficiencies, without compromising on quality.”  

Eamonn O’Hare, Managing Director of the main contractor O’Hare & McGovern, added: “The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine is the product of two years of hard work by a group of dedicated individuals who embraced the scheme from day one to make it something very special.  It’s a landmark development of which we are all immensely proud.”

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