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.