15th October 2003

New Wellcome Trust Campus Build 'Tops Out'

New Wellcome Trust Campus Build Tops Out

New Wellcome Trust Campus Build Tops Out

Construction of the extended Wellcome Trust Genome Campus reached a major milestone today [Wednesday October 15], with completion of the concrete frame of the new laboratory accommodation which will house the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's new programmes of research activities.

Since completing the human genome sequence - as well as a host of other genomes - the focus of the Institute has been on understanding the messages in genes in order to improve the treatment of human disease.

To mark the occasion a "topping out" ceremony was held at the construction site in Hinxton on Wednesday 15 October, at which Wellcome Trust Chairman Sir Dominic Cadbury and Director Dr Mark Walport secured a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

Dr Walport said: "Our mission is to improve human and animal health through biomedical research. The development at Hinxton, co-located with our investment in genome research, will play a critical role in helping our researchers - and researchers worldwide - to shed light on many important diseases."

With the laboratory structures in place the construction teams can now forge ahead with erecting and fitting out the remainder of the buildings, which will ultimately result in state-of-the-art facilities.

Professor Allan Bradley, Director of The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said: "Our work on decoding DNA from human and other species provides a platform for 'new biology', one in which we can ask questions that were unanswerable only a few years ago. Our new programmes, based in these facilities, will mean this campus and Cambridgeshire lead the hunt for answers about diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes and deafness."

The laboratories at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are just one component of the development being undertaken at the Genome Campus site. Other facilities include offices, data centre and ancillary accommodation, with the whole extended development scheduled for completion in April 2005.

Notes to Editors

Photo opportunity

New Wellcome Trust Campus Build Tops Out

New Wellcome Trust Campus Build Tops Out

The ceremony took place at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus at 15.30-16.00, with a photo opportunity at the end of the ceremony.

Planning permission was granted in November 2002 for a 27,000 sqm extension to the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. http://www.sanger.ac.uk/Info/Press/2002/021107.shtml.




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