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Media release - new science and technology hub to support seafood industry

Posted on 24/07/2015

24 07 2015 9 47 19 a.m.

Plant & Food Research has signed an agreement for Port Nelson to develop a purpose-built facility for its seafood research as part of a new collaborative industry hub.

The new 2,300m2 facility, next to Plant & Food Research’s existing Maitai finfish facility that opened in 2014, will provide office and laboratory space for 38 research and support staff. It is anticipated that construction will commence before the end of this year and will be completed in late 2016, with staff moving from the Institute’s current site at Wakefield Quay in early 2017.

The facility is part of a development by Port Nelson to convert the area into a science and technology Seafood Precinct. It is anticipated that other research organisations, education providers and commercial industry will also partner with Port Nelson to develop facilities on the site in due course, creating an innovation hub for the seafood and marine industry. The new Plant & Food Research facility will also include shared business amenities, such as meeting spaces, designed to promote collaboration between co-located organisations.

“Seafood is a core sector for Plant & Food Research, holding great promise for New Zealand’s export sector,” says Danette Olsen, GM Science Seafood Technologies at Plant & Food Research. “A modern fit-for-purpose facility will enable us to deliver additional impacts to industry over and above what we are able to do with our existing facilities, and support the seafood industry’s targets for economic growth and environmental sustainability.”

“We’re very pleased to have Plant & Food Research as our first tenant in the new Seafood Precinct,” says Phil Lough, Chairman at Port Nelson. “The seafood industry is an important part of the Nelson economy, and both Port Nelson and Plant & Food Research are dedicated to supporting its future success. This agreement is the first step in seeing a highly active, collaborative research hub to support the industry in meeting its future potential.”

The new facilities have been designed by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects with specialist lab designer LabWorks Architecture. Port Nelson will be seeking contract expressions of interest in coming weeks.

 

Media contacts

Emma Timewell, Communications Manager, Plant & Food Research

Ph: +64 (0)9 925 8692 or +64 (0)21 242 9365

Email: emma.timewell@plantandfood.co.nz

 

Martin Byrne, Chief Executive, Port Nelson Ltd

Ph: +64 (0)3 359 3884 or +64 (0)21 548 209

Email: martin.byrne@portnelson.co.nz