T R Freeman picked for £800,000 roof on Cambridge science building

June 16 2010

Architectural metal roofing and cladding company T R Freeman has been picked to install a major new roof near its Cambridge headquarters.

A new building is being constructed for the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

And T R Freeman will be installing the Kalzip roof, in a contract worth £800,000.

The company is based in the heart of Cambridge – opposite Cambridge United.

“This is an excellent local contract for us and an important building as well,” explained T R Freeman’s managing director Gary Webb.

“So much has been achieved in the old building, and this new one will provide purpose-built facilities for the laboratory for decades to come.”

The new building is being constructed by BAM Construction, and replaces the present one after 50 years of use.

The project will be completed by 2012 and has been paid for in part from royalties from antibody-related work at the laboratory.

The purpose of the laboratory is to understand biological processes at the molecular level.

Ultimately it aims to use this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.

The sequencing of DNA was pioneered at the laboratory.

T R Freeman Ltd was formed more than 120 years ago and is now part of the well-known Kershaw Group.

The group employs just under 200 people with a turnover in excess of £35 million.

It is heavily involved in the local community, including a record-breaking 10 year sponsorship of Cambridge United’s away shirts.