Work has begun on the new TWI engineering building at Granta Park, Great Abington.
Work starts on expansion
George Elsbury, chairman of South Cambrigeshire District Council laid the foundation stone on Wednesday.
The new building, which will house most of TWI's technical operations, is due to be completed early 2002. The following year an admin block will be built nextdoor.
TWI (formerly known as The Welding Institute) is one of Europe's largest research and technology organisations, with more than 400 staff. It has been at Great Abington since 1946, initially in wooden sheds in the grounds of Abington Hall.
There are now more than 35 buildings on a 10 hectare site. Some are being knocked down, but many of the original buildings are being used by firms keen to move on to Granta Park, which is now one of Europe's foremost biotech parks.