Demolition work begins to transform Public Health England Harlow site

Business / Fri 5th Apr 2019 at 07:49am

Demolition work begins to transform Public Health England Harlow site

PUBLIC Health England’s ambitious plan to create a world-leading public health science campus in Essex has taken another step forward, with the start of demolition work to transform its newly acquired Harlow site.

Public Health England is creating a world-leading campus to support excellence in public health research, improvement and protection, and a new headquarters, at the vacant GlaxoSmithKline site in Harlow. PHE Harlow, as the campus will be known, is expected to accommodate up to 2,750 people by 2024/25, with scope for further expansion.

The first diggers are now moving onto site, as construction company, VolkerFitzpatrick, begins demolition to transform the site for the first staff moves in 2021/22. The appointment of the contractor sees a boost to local employment, with the company’s head office located in nearby Hoddesdon.

Richard Gleave, Deputy Chief Executive at Public Health England, said:
“Our new campus at Harlow will ensure we are able to use the latest scientific advances to protect the nation’s health and deliver our world-leading science and evidence for issues such as infectious diseases, vaccinations, environmental hazards, smoking, alcohol and diabetes.
“We are not only seeking to provide our current staff with the best tools and environment but grow our future workforce. We will provide opportunities, including apprenticeships, to young people in Harlow and the surrounding areas to develop the skills and knowledge to be better prepared for careers with Public Health England.”

Richard Offord, Managing Director of VolkerFitzpatrick said:
“We are delighted to be working with PHE on such a forward-thinking project. The new public health science campus will support the growth of the local area and we are looking forward to working on this exciting opportunity.”

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