Consultant teams appointed to progress new £40.5m Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus

Douglas Owen
AECOM IBI Cushman&Wakefield

AIEC Limited, the new joint venture between Aberystwyth University and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is delighted to announce the appointment of the consultant teams to assist with the new development. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government; the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by Aberystwyth University, the Innovation and Enterprise Campus will provide world leading facilities and the expertise to create market focused solutions for the agri-tech industry.

AECOM Professional Services LLP will provide Project and Cost Management services for the major construction project which will take place on Aberystwyth University’s Gogerddan campus on the outskirts of Aberystwyth. Following a full Official Journal of the European Union procurement process, AECOM were awarded the contract after a fierce and close competition between a number of high profile bidders.

Similarly, IBI Group fought off stiff competition from a wide field of bidders to secure the contract to provide a full, multi-discipline design service for the Project. They lead a multi-discipline design team which includes AECOM/MEP and Curtins Consultancy to provide the full range of design services needed for such a complex project. Speaking on behalf of IBI Group, Mark Drane said “We’re very proud to be involved with such an exciting development and to be given the chance to design a creative hub that will inspire successful collaborations between world class researchers and budding entrepreneurs.”

Cushman & Wakefield completes the consultant team providing planning guidance and advice for the project. Andrew Teage, Planning Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield confirmed that: “Cushman & Wakefield is delighted to have been chosen as the planning team responsible for advising AIEC Limited on this exciting and challenging project. We will add value to the project by applying our market leading and commercially grounded planning advice, specifically targeting the viability and deliverability of the campus investment proposals that will assist AIEC Ltd to meet their challenging project programme and funding envelope.”

Huw Watkins, AIEC Project Director said “Following a robust procurement process, we are pleased to reach this significant milestone during the mobilisation phase of the project and look forward to working with the appointed consultants to progress the development and move closer towards delivering the benefits associated with this major investment. We will also be hosting a supply chain event in the spring for early engagement with local and national suppliers, interested in the excellent opportunities created by the investment in the Innovation and Enterprise Campus.”

One of the existing buildings on the Gogerddan site has already been refurbished to a high standard and will provide over 300m2 of rentable office accommodation to the business community. The facility has been modernised to cater specifically for companies wishing to get closer to the world leading research excellence undertaken by scientists at IBERS (Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environment and Rural Sciences).

The Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government; by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by Aberystwyth University.