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Work gets underway at Queen University Belfast creating hundreds of jobs

Published: Thursday, 30 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Queen’s University Belfast has given a boost to the construction and civil engineering sector by unveiling plans for a new £39 million biological sciences school.

The project will support 550 jobs within the construction sector as well as 50 new apprenticeships, and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The new building is key for the life science and agri-food sectors within the country, which currently employ more than 80,000 people and generate more than £5.5 billion in sales each year.

State-of-the-art facilities

Building work is taking place at Chlorine Gardens in Belfast, and the new school will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities for its 170 staff and 750 students.

O’Hare and McGovern will be the contractors on the build, which will be their ninth project as part of Queen’s 20-year £700 million capital investment programme.

According to Queen’s president and vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston, the new building will be a “powerhouse” when it comes to agri-food and life sciences.

Work on infection control, diseases and food safety will be housed inside the new building, having a huge impact both globally and locally in Northern Ireland.

The Life Science graduates, who will be trained within the new building, we be integral to facilitate a high level of future growth.

Members of staff at the new centre will be able to explore new approaches to ecosystem management and waste, as well as improving how infectious diseases are controlled. Another area of focus will be the challenge that climate change poses.

Future economic development

The ultimate aim for the building is to create a catalyst for economic, social and environmental change while providing sustainable employment for local apprentices, students and businesses.

Economy Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, Simon Hamilton, believes it is through nurturing creativity and innovation that the country will be able to support future economic development and employment opportunities.

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