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UK Health Security Agency – Science Hub

Currie & Brown was appointed by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) (formerly Public Health England) to provide a wide range of programme management support services under a multimillion-pound framework contract.

In autumn 2015, the government approved over £400 million of capital costs for the relocation of UKHSA’s facilities to Harlow, bringing together personnel from Porton Down, Colindale and UKHSA's central London headquarters in a state-of-the-art national public health science hub and headquarters facility located on a site vacated by GSK.

Following a successful two-stage tender exercise in 2017, three contractors were appointed under an NEC pre-construction services agreement to carry out enabling works at Harlow and to assist with the RIBA 4 design development. Enabling works including demolition of original buildings have been ongoing, supported by our ICA-CDM team. Main construction is due to commence in 2023 and the site fully occupied around 2032.

When it is complete, the new site will include a mix of refurbished large laboratory buildings of an exceptionally high standard, plus a new large laboratory building together with modern administration, amenity and office facilities, car parking and ancillary support buildings.

The science hub programme management team is currently working on the design of the new large laboratory building, which will incorporate cutting-edge technology and enable some of the most significant and modern ways of working in the public health research sector.

Senior director, Helen Pickering, commented: “In supporting the science hub programme on this significant and prestigious scientific development project, our team looks forward to working closely with UKHSA and to being involved in a development that will accommodate the diverse requirements of cutting-edge scientific research”.

Our role

Currie & Brown is supplying programme management support office services, working closely with UKHSA’s own staff and the wider programme team to implement and co-ordinate a number of programmes to support the transformation of the organisation. In addition, we are supporting UKHSA with a range of professional services including risk management consultancy and scheduling.


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