The United Kingdom Centre for Medical Research and Innovation

The Evening Standard on security | December 20, 2010

Huge security plan to protect virus superlab from terrorists

Mark Blunden

Security around a “superlab” planned next door to a major London railway station will be among the tightest in the capital amid fears of “domestic extremism”.

Sensitive documents detailing protection for one of Europe’s biggest bio-medical research centres, which will specialise in fighting influenza, show it includes anti-car bomb devices.

Camden council is asking for a passport or driving licence as proof of identification before showing residents planning documents for the £600 million site behind St Pancras station.

The glass, brick and metal UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation will be secured to “biosafety level three-plus”.

It will be capable of containing flu viruses, malaria and tuberculosis, plus cancer and HIV to become a “global centre of research excellence”.

Campaigners fear the site, which is also close to hundreds of homes, could pose a risk to public health if airborne viruses escape from the building, which the centre denies.

Opponents are also concerned the huge building near the British Library could become a terrorist target and the focal point for protests against Home Office-licensed animal testing.


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