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Graham Construction wins £17m contract to redevelop Bloomsbury’s Senate House for the University of London

Graham Construction has been awarded the £17.3m contract to redevelop Bloomsbury’s Senate House for the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

The contractor beat Mansell and Willmott Dixon to renovate the 1930s art deco building for the University of London.

Graham will redevelop the north block of five-storey Senate House and create an internal plaza under a double curvature glass canopy.

It also aims to reduce the environmental impact from renovation work and use green technologies to ensure the building is environmentally sustainable. The project is part of the pilot BREEAM Excellence 2014 scheme.

The project will allow SOAS to accommodate a planned 25 per cent increase in student numbers. It will bring staff and students together on one centrally located campus and improve the student experience by offering state-of-the-art facilities and modern learning and teaching spaces.

Main works will start on site in August, with completion due for January 2016.

SOAS director Paul Webley said: “The refurbished Senate House North Block will offer state-of-the-art research, teaching and student provision, all in one precinct, and create a centralised 21st century campus for our world class institution. 

“The architecturally revolutionary design honours the heritage of the building and caters to the needs of our students, staff and visitors.”

Graham is expanding its business in London and the £400m-turnover firm has a forward order book worth £100m in the capital.

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