Morgan Sindall has been awarded a place on a £21m major works framework from the University of Sunderland.
As part of the framework, Morgan Sindall’s team in Durham will undertake a range of design, construction and refurbishment projects for the university. The programme of improvements will include a £3.5m redevelopment of the university’s historic Priestman building to accommodate various arts disciplines.
The works will incorporate a new entrance, art gallery, teaching and learning spaces, arts studios and workshops. There will be significant improvements to the building infrastructure including energy efficient lighting, heating and data connections as well as a new roof and windows, continuing the university’s push to achieve its carbon reduction targets supporting sustainability both at the university and within the city.
The framework will also see the delivery of the second phase of the campus’ £6m new science complex.
Morgan Sindall was awarded a place on the previous framework at the university which saw it deliver various projects including the design and build of CitySpace, the university’s £12m flagship sport and social facility.
The company has also recently been appointed to deliver a £1.2m library refurbishment scheme at Teesside University. The project is the third scheme that Morgan Sindall has undertaken for the university, following the £11m Centuria South Building at the university’s Middlesbrough campus and a £13m new building at its Darlington campus.
Gordon Ray, managing director for Morgan Sindall in the North East, said: “The higher education sector is under considerable pressure to maintain world class facilities and attract students in a financially squeezed market. We’re therefore delighted that in this challenging climate, our track record has seen us appointed to this framework for the second time.
“Morgan Sindall has developed extensive experience in the education sector and we’re looking forward to delivering more high quality facilities which will attract the best students to embark on their studies in the region.”