Part new-build, part refurb project will provide new Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science HQ
AWW Architects-designed proposals to create a state-of-the-art new headquarters for the government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science have won the backing of Suffolk planners.
The practice’s design, drawn up for Cefas – which is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – will see the refurbishment of an existing laboratory near the seafront at Lowestoft, and the creation of a new three-storey office building.
Waveney District Council also approved outline proposals for a new public pavilion that can be used as a restaurant and visitor centre at the site.
Fisheries minister George Eustice said Cefas was at the forefront of marine research and innovation.
“I’m pleased this new centre is one step closer to reality,” he said.
“Once complete it will help bolster our research and understanding of sea life – solidifying our position as a world leader in marine science and a champion of sustainable fishing.”
Cefas said it expected the new headquarters to be complete in 2019.