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 16 Aug 2001 

'Topping Out' ceremony at Genome Stability Centre

A 'topping out' ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first stage of the construction of the new Genome Stability Centre at the University of Sussex will take place on the roof of the building on Friday 24th August.

When it opens in January 2002, the purpose-built Centre will house about 100 scientists and support staff and will expand research at Sussex on the links between genome damage, genetic diseases and cancer.

"Sussex has the highest concentration of internationally renowned experts working in the field of genome damage and stability," says the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Moore. "Maintaining this outstanding grouping is one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Centre, whose research will lead to major developments in tackling one of the biggest killers in modern society."

Walter Lilly & Company is the main contractor on the three-storey building, the planning of which has taken into account the need for large, flexible laboratories, with office space between them to promote interaction between research groups.

Last month the project received 750,000 in funding from the Wolfson Foundation, to add to the 5 million in Government funding that the University was awarded in April 2000.

The ceremony will commence at 1.00 pm and will take place on site with the laying of the final roofing slab. Walter Lilly & Compnay will then present the University with a small gift to mark the occasion.

 Notes for editors 

The 'topping out' of a building is a tradition which celebrates the completion of the main superstructure and also the accomplishment of the construction workers.

For further information, please contact Peter Simmons, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678209, Fax 01273 877456, email or Alison Field, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678109, email

Joanne Adams at Walter Lilly can be contacted on 020 8689 6011 or email

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