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Balfour Beatty wins preconstruction role on £65m Edinburgh Uni tower

Balfour Beatty has won a preconstruction deal for the £65m programme to refurbish Edinburgh University’s Darwin Biology Tower.

The university picked Balfour for a 20-week preconstruction agreement ahead of the comprehensive remodelling and re-cladding of the existing 11-storey tower.

Its deal will see Balfour Beatty refine the project’s design and scope of works before a full contract is awarded early next year.

The project will also see 20,500 sq m of additional research space for specialist research labs, along with generic primary and secondary wet and dry labs as well as associated write-up spaces.

Works also include a new three-storey extension that will contain a lecture theatre, seminar spaces and meeting rooms.

The tower will be re-clad in a double-skin cladding system to improve the tower’s appearance and energy performance.

The new Darwin tower is expected to be completed in autumn 2020.

The Edinburgh deal is the latest university contract won by Balfour Beatty.

Balfour Beatty University of Edinburgh Darwin Tower and Hive

Balfour Beatty University of Edinburgh Darwin Tower and Hive

In March the contractor was chosen to deliver Reading University’s £33m Health and Life Sciences building, while it also scooped the £287m deal to build Manchester University’s engineering campus last November.

Balfour Beatty posted profit of £50m for the six months to 30 June, up from £12m in the same period last year.

This article originally stated that Balfour Beatty had won the £65m main contract, rather than the preconstruction agreement. This was based on an OJEU notice stating this to be the case. The University of Edinburgh has since stated that Balfour’s deal is in fact for the preconstruction agreement. 

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