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B&K gets down to business at Fujitsu village

CONTRACTS MANCHESTER

BOWMER & Kirkland has been awarded a £22 million deal to kickstart development on a £1.5 billion business park in Manchester.

The firm has been chosen by joint developer Ask/Akeler to build a 14,000 sq m business village for software company Fujitsu at the North Manchester Business Park.

It is understood Bowmer & Kirkland is now putting together its team to work on the project in preparation for a start on site in the summer. No date for completion has yet been announced.

The scheme is the first part of the business park to be built. It will eventually cover 160 ha in east Manchester, near the City of Manchester stadium.

The village, to be developed over the next 10 years, will include 100,000 sq m of office space, a hotel and a technology institute to be occupied by a consortium of the city's universities and Manchester College of Arts & Technology.

The college is expected to help train staff for the 15,000 jobs that will be on offer when the park is completed in 2020.

Bowmer & Kirkland is a preferred contractor for Akeler and has worked with the developer in Reading, Glasgow, Merthyr Tydfil and Marlow in Buckinghamshire.

A £36 million contract to build the entrance to the park, including a 140 m long box jack tunnel, Metrolink station and connection to Oldham Road will be tendered next month.