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28 June, 2006 - 11:55 By Staff Reporter

Laboratory complex on the cards at Lowestoft

A new laboratory complex is being planned at Lowestoft in Suffolk to house the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).

A new laboratory complex is being planned at Lowestoft in Suffolk to house the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).

Defra’s Minister for Science, Jeff Rooker, said the aim was to complete the relocation by 2009, helping to guarantee the long-term future of the laboratory which leads research into the marine environment and fish stocks.

The multi-million pound development in Lowestoft is being planned in partnership with Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council and the East of England Development Agency as part of an Urban Regeneration Programme in the town, which is being co-ordinated by 1st East, the Urban Regeneration Company for Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Lord Rooker said: "We want a cutting-edge new laboratory campus which will enable CEFAS to stay at the forefront of marine research. The agency’s work benefits us all by enhancing the environment in our seas, managing their natural resources and protecting us from aquatic contamination.

"As part of Defra’s laboratory strategy, this will also help to secure a sustainable future for CEFAS which remains one of our key public sector partners.

"At the same time the development will help breathe new life into an urban area which will benefit from regeneration."

CEFAS will now work on more detailed funding and planning arrangements to replace existing sites at Lowestoft and Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex, which are not suitable for future needs.

 

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