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Work starts on research centre building

PUBLISHED: 10:04 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:29 14 July 2010

A new “greener and more environmentally friendly” headquarters for an independent farmer-owned research centre started taking shape yesterday.

The Marquess Townshend of Raynham, who is president of Morley Agricultural Foundation, officially started the £1m building project at Morley by digging and turning the first sod.

A new “greener and more environmentally friendly” headquarters for an independent farmer-owned research centre started taking shape last week.

The Marquess Townshend of Raynham, who is president of Morley Agricultural Foundation, officially started the £1m building project at Morley by digging and turning the first sod.

May Gurney, which won the contract, has a December 19 target date for completion of the building.

Nick Steed, chairman of the foundation, was delighted that Lord Townshend was able to perform the ceremony. He had joined the committee of Norfolk Agricultural Station - later Morley Research Centre and now The Arable Group - in 1955 and became chairman in 1973 serving for 10 years.

The foundation, which supports research into farming, will provide a new office for The Arable Group staff 250 yards from the current house, which will be sold.

Image of (Left to right) Justin Buckingham, May Gurney Contracts Manager, with Lord Townshend and Nick Steed, Chairman of the Morley Agricultural Foundation.

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