2.20 The Pirbright site is a mixture of modern buildings and areas that are clearly
pre-1940. There is a new (1999) main office block and shower facilities as a
gateway ‘inside’ to the category 4 containment area. Work is also underway
on a new high security containment facility for large animal exotic virus
infectious disease work to replace the “Isolation Unit 7”. This is absolutely
essential for both the scientific and statutory work.
Question for the government: was funding given to complete this work?
Recommendation 2: The condition of much of the Pirbright Laboratory,
site infrastructure and associated housing is unsatisfactory and there is a
clear need for investment over the next five years in new laboratories and
facilities. This should be part of a phased medium-term (10-year) rolling
plan for the Pirbright Estate to be developed by the new Director with
BBSRC and in consultation with DEFRA. We further recommend that
IAH, in concert with BBSRC, develop a realistic and achievable plan for
renovating its housing stock. We view these as urgent issues.
Question for the government: In the last five years, which site infrastructure and laboratory facilities have been upgraded or rebuilt?