Balfour Beatty secures contract for £60m learning hub in Glasgow

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Balfour Beatty has announced that it has been chosen by the University of Strathclyde to deliver its new £60m learning and teaching building

The contract, worth £33m, has been awarded through the University’s Major Building Construction framework, to which Balfour Beatty was appointed in February 2018.

Balfour will be responsible for the refurbishment and extension to the existing Grade II listed Architecture building and the neighbouring Colville building, linking the two together to create a modern teaching space.  Additionally, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will provide the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new state-of-the-art learning hub.

Facilities provided in the new Learning & Teaching building will include a new large-scale teaching spaces and a learning village for individual study, student-facing support services and a modern, purpose-built accommodation for the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association.

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director for Scotland and Ireland, said: “This award is testament to our long-standing relationship with the University of Strathclyde and to our expert knowledge and experience in delivering modern educational facilities across Scotland.

“With almost 23,000 students based on the central Glasgow campus, we look forward to providing an exciting and inspiring environment, while also delivering multiple social and economic benefits to the surrounding community.”

Work is due to commence on site later this year, with completion expected in summer 2020.

At construction peak, the project will employ a workforce of over 200, providing local employment opportunities and graduate positions.

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