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ISG wins former Wates job at Wolverhampton Uni

ISG has been named main contractor on the University of Wolverhampton’s £26m built environment school after the contract was re-tendered.

Wates had been lined up for the job in February 2017 after signing a preconstruction agreement when the project was valued at £20m.

A review of the design found the work required at the listed site was greater than first thought, and under EU procurement rules the contract had to be re-tendered.

The project is part of a £100m redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Springfield Brewery site, which the university is turning into what it describes as the largest built environment campus in Europe.

The new school will see the brewery’s old clock tower and brick facade retained and a new three-storey steel structure is added.

The 85,000 sq ft building is set to be completed in May 2020 and will provide a space for 1,200 students and 65 staff.

It will feature laboratories, workshops, lecture theatres, meeting rooms, offices and a cafe, as well as a double-height “super studio”.

A piazza will also be built to link the school with the wider 5 ha campus.

ISG University of Wolverhampton School of Architecture and Built Environment 2

ISG University of Wolverhampton School of Architecture and Built Environment 2

ISG secured the work through the Pagabo framework, which ISG regional director Wayne Flannery said had led to closer collaboration with the client team.

“Procurement through the Pagabo Framework has enabled early contractor engagement and fostered a superb team spirit and approach from all project stakeholders,” he said.

Earlier this year ISG won a £34m contract to deliver a five-storey teaching block at Richmond upon Thames College through the Pagabo framework.

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