An artist’s rendering of Merck’s new UK headquarters (Merck)

Mer­ck pre­pares to fi­nal­ly break ground on $1.3B Lon­don re­search hub

Three years af­ter first blue-print­ing plans for a $1.3 bil­lion Lon­don re­search hub, Mer­ck will (hope­ful­ly) fi­nal­ly break ground on the new cen­ter.

The 25,000 square-me­ter (269,000 square-feet) cam­pus had orig­i­nal­ly been pen­ciled to open this year. Along with a sep­a­rate com­mit­ment from Qi­a­gen to spend hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars on a new fa­cil­i­ty, the plans were a cen­tral part of the life sci­ences growth the UK gov­ern­ment was then sketch­ing out as a key pil­lar of the post-Brex­it econ­o­my.

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