Initial construction has been completed for the Teeside University’s research centre for biosciences. The new centre will be unveiled later this year once it has been fully fitted-out.
The National Horizons Centre includes new teaching spaces, high-tech laboratories, and a computing suite. It is situated on Darlington’s Central Park.
Darren Vipond, Director of Campus Services at Teesside University, said: “We are delighted that this major construction milestone has now been completed.
“The National Horizons Centre will play an important role in growing the region’s economy and it’s fantastic to see that its construction has already led to the creation of a number of employment opportunities.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The new National Horizons Centre is one of the biggest investments we have made so far. Our rich history of innovation, research and development is set to continue thanks to this state-of-the-art facility in Darlington.”
The National Horizons Centre is being established to support the bioscience sector, including areas such as biologics, biomedical sciences, industrial biotechnology and digital.
It has been financially supported by the Local Growth Fund, via the Tees Valley Combined Authority and the European Regional Development Fund. The Local Growth Fund contribution of £17.5m represents the Combined Authority’s single biggest investment so far in the Tees Valley. The project was procured via the YORbuild2 framework.