Unigro, a provider of controlled environments to universities and other research institutes, has won the contract to provide a quarantine facility for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The project, due to be commissioned next March, will provide a facility to replace Kew Gardens' existing quarantine house, built in 1989.
Unigro is designing and building contained chambers within the facility - individual, isolated bays with precise controllable climates for temperature, relative humidity, day length and light levels.
While the design has been developed with containment as the top priority, sustainability issues have been addressed wherever possible.
'Our brief was to provide highly contained facilities, which not only work in a sustainable way, but also have the capability for flexible expansion and increased functionality for the future,' said Keith Hamp, commercial director at Unigro.