The Plowright Building at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey has won the Judges’ Special Award at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards.

Team Pirbright receive the BCI Judges’ Special Award at the British Construction Industry Awards 2014

Given to the building or civil engineering project the judges consider to be particularly inspirational in one or more aspects, the accolade recognises the level of technical ingenuity that went into the build of the state-of-the-art high-security bio-containment laboratories.

The £100m plus project, funded by Government via the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has provided the institute with a world-class facility to carry out scientific research.

Recognising outstanding achievement in building and civil engineering projects, the annual BCI Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on October 8, represent the pinnacle of excellence in British construction and engineering.

Classified at category level 4 (CL4), the highest possible level of bio-containment for animal pathogens, the judges remarked the “incredibly impressive” project was “an example of British planning, design, engineering and construction already attracting worldwide scientific interest”.

Michael Johnson, head of engineering and estates at Pirbright, said: “Receiving the Judges’ Special Award for the BBSRC National Virology Centre represents the climax to what has been a uniquely challenging project.

“Not only will our new state-of-the-art facilities enable us to drive forward our vision to control and eradicate devastating virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans, it will also allow for the planned future development of the institute campus.

“Ultimately, this will help us to continue to protect the UK economy, our food security and the welfare of animals and humans, both nationally and internationally.”

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