New building extension takes another step forward

Work on the expanded Thomas Building to house the IIB and School of Biological Sciences (SBS) has taken another step forward with the completion of demolition of the existing structures on the site.

With construction scheduled to start in July, the expanded building is due for completion in late 2010 and will provide a 10,000m2 purpose-built research facility catering for up to 500 researchers and support personnel.

Welcoming the ongoing progress off the project, Professor Joerg Kistler, the Director of the IIB, said the new extension represents a significant commitment to building the success of biotechnology in New Zealand. “We look forward to creating even more opportunities for co-locators at the IIB to progress R&D in a unique research environment dedicated to biotech success and bio-incubation,” he said.