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Bowmer and Kirkland wins Leicester Space Park deal

Bowmer and Kirkland has been appointed to deliver the first phase of the Space Park building at the University of Leicester.

The North-east-based contractor has won the £14m first phase of the £66m project to house space and earth observation sciences research facilities.

The building, to be delivered under a design-and-build contract in phase one, is a 5,000 sq m facility for teaching, offices and laboratories.

Within the site, the manner in which satellites are conceived, designed, operated and produced will be “revolutionised”, according to a previous statement on its delivery.

In July the centre was awarded £13.75m from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.

At the time, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Board chair Kevin Harris said: “The aim is to build a world-class centre of space research and innovation, which will be at the centre of the United Kingdom’s space technology industry for decades to come.

“The project is a true collaboration between academia, business and government – both local and national – as we harness the space industry to benefit our region and the wider UK.”

The facility is next door to the National Space Centre museum.

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