Shortlist revealed for graphene centre

Manchester University has confirmed the six contractors competing to build the £61m National Graphene Institute: they are Lend Lease, Laing O'Rourke, Bam, Morgan Sindall, Vinci, M&W Group.

The construction contract is believed to be worth £30m. The Booth Street East research institute will contain labs and collaborative commercial space for experts in the super-material to share findings and develop products. The architect for the 81,600 sq ft building is Jestico + Whiles.

The main contractor is expected to be named in April. Completion of the building is scheduled for early 2015.

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Are there no Mancunian architects up to the job?

By Gangrene Centre

Always good to see French, German and Dutch outfits on the bid list for a project at the leading edge of innovation.Word on the street is that UK builders Kier & Sir Robert McAlpine were both bumped off the original tender list after a challenge and a recount presumably originated from that well known local NW contractor M&W Group….based in Stuttgart!

By Concrete Bob

Why are you getting so colloquial and xenophobic about a building that is to develop a product that two Russian blokes discovered

By BadaBing