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Interserve wins contract to build robotics and AI centre at University of York

December 3, 2020

Interserve Construction, has been appointed by the University of York to build a new research centre as part of its £35 million investment by the York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy.

The £10.4m contract will involve Interserve Construction in the development of specialist laboratories and testing facilities, which will be used to investigate everything from driverless cars, to hospital robots, to ensuring that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are safe.

The York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy, based on the Heslington East campus, is expected to help strengthen the UK’s position as a leader in the safe introduction of advanced technology. It will bring together industrial partners and world experts in the field, housing up to 100 researchers and support staff.

Work on the new building, which will include a rooftop lab and specialist robotics design and testing equipment, will begin in November 2020 and it will open in 2021.

Interserve Construction has a long-standing relationship with the University of York having previously delivered a range of facilities including the Hull York Medical School, the £27 million Piazza Learning Centre and the redevelopment of the Heslington campus.
The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund is providing £10.5 million, with £24.5 million secured through match funding from industrial and philanthropic partners.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Saul Tendler said: “The investment represents a significant vote of confidence in the university and the region and confirms our position as one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research. We are already leading the way in this hugely important area with researchers across multiple departments working together to advance the safe introduction of robotics and connected autonomous systems across the globe.”

John Gittins, Divisional Director, Interserve Construction said: “Our work with the York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy underscores our capabilities in delivering world class education and research facilities across the UK.

“We are delighted to be working once again with one of the world’s premier institutions for life-changing research. This is the latest of several projects we have delivered with the University of York and we remain very proud of our association with one of the north’s leading education and research universities.”