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Balfour Beatty bags £33m Reading Uni deal

Balfour Beatty has won the contract to deliver the £33m Health and Life Sciences building for the University of Reading.

Under the deal, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the construction of a new training and research facility as part of the university’s 10-year regeneration programme.

The contractor scooped the deal through the university’s £250m building framework, on which Balfour secured a place in 2015, alongside Bouygues, Graham, ISG, Kier and Morgan Sindall.

Work will begin on the scheme this month and Balfour Beatty will employ 150 workers at peak construction.

This is the latest high-value university deal won by Balfour Beatty in recent months.

In November 2017 the firm was chosen as main contractor to build the £287m Engineering Campus Development for the University of Manchester.

Balfour is also building the £197m East Slope accommodation blocks for the University of Sussex after landing the contract in 2016.

Balfour Beatty managing director in the South Jonathan Winter said: “Our long-standing relationship with the University of Reading, coupled with our extensive experience in delivering higher education projects, supports our mutual goal of providing a first-class facility and improved learning experience for more than 17,000 students.”

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