News £13m University Contract Wins Graham Construction North

Graham Construction has secured a hat-trick of contract wins worth £13.4m as its North of England division continues to grow.

The Salford based Northern division has won new build and refurbishment contracts with the University of Manchester, University of York and University of Chester.

The three contracts fall within the higher education sector.

As preferred contractor Graham will be constructing a new teaching block at the University of York worth £8m. Work starts in July and is expected to complete in January 2016. The three-storey building will provide a new gateway to the Heslington West Campus and consists of a 350-person lecture theatre and 26 seminar rooms, which can house 20 students per room. The second floor forms a large social learning space with three seminar rooms which have the flexibility to be opened up to create larger spaces for exams, conferencing and other extra-curricular activities. Race Cottam Associates are the architects.

Works have also recently commenced on the £3m extension to the Seaborne Library at the University of Chester. The new two-storey extension includes internal reconfiguration, refurbishment, minor demolition and diversion/replacement of Mechanical & Electrical services to create new circulation space, communal areas and office accommodation.

This is in addition to the £2.4m refurbishment of Greenwood Block Hall of Residence at Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, involves intensive refurbishment works of 72 student bedrooms with associated kitchens and bathrooms. To minimise disruption works will take place during the 10-week summer vacancy period.

Gary Hughes, Graham regional director for the North of England, said: “Graham has significant expertise within the education sector and we look forward to building on our relationships with some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious universities.

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“We continue to grow our presence in the North of England and have established a good reputation as a quality and reliable contractor. We have had a strong start to the year on the back of recent project wins to refurbish the Piece Hall and build a new library and archive in Halifax, and a new science building for Liverpool Hope University.”

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