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Beard wins Oxford University contracts

Beard has won two contracts to build new facilities at Oxford University.

The firm will build a multi-purpose auditorium for Corpus Christi College, as well as new dining and kitchen facilities for Queens College. Both sites include Grade I listed buildings.

The new Corpus Christi auditorium will be used by students and the public for concerts and events - the development will take place on a site partly bounded by an ancient city wall and bastion.

The extension and relocation of kitchens and the construction of new senior common room dining facilities at The Queens College, Oxford will amount to a 64-week programme valued at £4.8 million. The existing building will be underpinned and excavations will take place beneath the college buildings and the archaeologically significant Back Quad while they are still functioning.

Beard managing director Mark Beard said: “We have a track record of surmounting technical challenges in historic surroundings and combining both traditional and sympathetic building techniques – we are confident our highly experienced team will achieve the high standards required for these prestigious projects”.