Interserve wins £8m Birmingham project

Interserve has won a £8m design and build contract with the University of Birmingham that will see it strip a Grade II* listed building back to its core before redevelopment work on it can begin.

The redevelopment of the Aston Webb C block follows on from Interserve’s success last April in winning a contract to develop the university’s £55m sports centre. Both projects are part of a wider campus development scheme.

In the latest project, Interserve will be creating a 3,500 sq m student hub that will include a 250-seat lecture theatre and break out areas.
Work on the project, which has been designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, starts this month and is due to be complete by June next year.

The work involves removing most of the non-original partitions, mezzanine floors and external plant rooms in the building, as well as some of the original first floor.

The original building envelope is to be restored with masonry walls and roof that will be insulated internally, while the original single glazed metal window system is to be refurbished and a secondary glazing system inserted behind to provide a robust thermal and airtight line. Some 1,900 metal window systems are to be refurbished with new secondary glazing systems.

Regional director Simon Butler said: “Working on a project of this nature undertaking the refurbishment of one of the university’s historic buildings is a great opportunity and allows us to build on our relationship.”

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