As well as the sustainable landmark new build structure, the development includes the refurbishment of an existing 1980s laboratory building.
Facilities currently housed in the adjacent former Grand Hotel and Experimental Block will be rehoused in the new build, allowing these two old buildings, which are deemed inefficient, to be demolished, thereby freeing up a large part of this seafront site for extensive landscaping and car parking.
According to Cefas, the new facilities will create greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation among the organisation’s employees, local marine and research networks and the international scientific community.
The new building will house offices and meeting rooms, arranged either side of a spacious double-height glazed atrium and main entrance. On plan, the structure is a skewed H-shape, with a two-storey part along the left side and a two and three-storey element on the right.
Tom Karsten, Cefas Chief Executive said: “Since 1902, Cefas has been providing UK Government with scientific evidence and advice to support the fishing industry and to ensure the sustainable use of the marine environment. I thank Defra, local councillors and planners for their commitment to these exciting proposals for our new Lowestoft Headquarters. This project represents a vital step in realising our vision for Cefas; to deliver world-class science for the marine and freshwater environment.”