Balfour bags £42m De Montfort contract

Balfour Beatty awarded contract to redevelop the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University in Leicester

The project will include the refurbishment of a 12-storey teaching block, the construction of a new six-storey building, the conversion of a two-storey building and all associated mechanical and electrical work, creating 27,700sqm of new teaching and support office space. 

Balfour Beatty is deploying Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools in the design and build of the project with early application already facilitating a substantial reduction in the scheme’s cost through design review. 

The buildings are designed to attain BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard, the industry’s leading measure of sustainability in buildings.  Balfour Beatty will engage local small businesses, apprentices and labour on the project, while offering a number of work experience placements for students in project management, architecture and interior design. 

Jon Adams, northern managing director for Balfour Beatty major projects, said: “Balfour Beatty has extensive experience in delivering university buildings of all types and we are looking forward to bringing a high-quality finish and a sustainable approach to this project. 

“We have a track record of delivering work for De Montfort University dating back over ten years, having previously refurbished the Hawthorn Building and constructed the centre-piece Campus Centre building in 2003, and we are looking forward to delivering another part of the University’s ambitious transformation programme.” 

Balfour Beatty is also engaged on other nearby university projects in Sheffield and Birmingham. 

Enabling works are commencing this month, with the project due for completion in September 2016. | Twitter: @bbcsuk

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