Work on a new nutrition facility is set to get underway after the University of Aberdeen selected Lend Lease to take on the construction phase.

The institute has handed the integrated property and infrastructure group the contract to bring the new Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health building to life.

The structure will be situated on the Foresterhill campus and will replace the existing Rowett Institute site and pushing the Scottish university into being a world leader in the study of food and health. Officials explained that the construction will begin in April to coincide with the centenary year of the Rowett being at the head of national and global issues in this area.

A completion date has been earmarked for late 2014 with university staff expected to relocate in early 2015 from the Bucksburn site which will thus become empty. Images of the facility show a glass-front four-storey building which has been made possible by architects Halliday Fraser Munro.

University officials have been pleased to announce that the site will include the most advanced Human Nutrition Unit in the UK, where volunteers will take part in experiments to study the relationship between diet and health.

Aberdeen is hoping that the creation of this new facility will attract students and academics from all over the world to come and study at the Scottish institute.

Professor Peter Morgan, university vice-principal and director of the Rowett Institute, said: "We are now at the really exciting phase of this project, which will bring our new state of the art research building to life. The promise of this new facility has already attracted new high calibre academic appointments to the university."

Lend Lease already has a rich history of delivery construction projects of this ilk and has been involved with a large number of building developments across the world. The company is responsible for the creation of improving Central Manchester Hospitals as part of the one of the biggest PFI healthcare schemes unveiled to date.

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