Waterloo campus enters next phase

Balfour Beatty are to build the second phase of Lewisham and Southwark College’s new development in south London

Balfour Beatty has secured a £21m contract for Lewisham and Southwark College (LeSoCo) for the next phase of works on its Waterloo campus. The project has been awarded through the iESE Framework to deliver works for public authorities in the South East to which Balfour Beatty was appointed in 2011 as one of eight contractors. This latest contract brings the total amount of work Balfour Beatty has received under the framework to £200m.

The works will involve the demolition of existing 1970s college buildings on The Cut near Southwark Tube station and the creation of a new 7,684 sqm college building.

The new building will be formed on piled foundations, with the structure created with a partially exposed, post-tensioned concrete frame and the envelope created with a combination of feature brickwork, terracotta tiles and glazed curtain walling.

The internal skin of the building will be formed by structural insulated panels to provide an energy-efficient, air-tight solution. Other sustainability features include photovoltaic arrays and a CHP system, together with a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system which allows energy from cooling to be used to heat parts of the building in certain circumstances. The work will supplement student accommodation constructed around an atrium by Balfour Beatty during phase one of the project.

Paul Gandy, Balfour Beatty regional managing director for London, said: “Through these frameworks Balfour Beatty is able offer economies of scale to our customers, providing seamless transitions from project to project with experienced and knowledgeable delivery teams. We look forward to delivering the second phase of this project, having already delivered £5.9m of design and remodelling of the Thames Tower North, refurbishment of the main entrance and construction of the new atrium.”

The project will be completed in April 2016.


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