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Four eye £70m Midlands deal

CONTRACTS - NOTTINGHAM

A QUARTET of contractors has sent in bids for an estimated £70 million scheme to redevelop part of Nottingham Trent University's estate.

The bidders hoping to get top marks are Bowmer & Kirkland, InteriorExterior, Laing O'Rourke and Scottish raider Miller.

The job is being let as a negotiated two-stage contract and the four sent in bids for the first stage of the process at the end of last week.

The project comprises the demolition of the university's Goldsmith House and the refurbishment of the Arkwright and Newton buildings to create teaching facilities.

Stephen Jackson, the university's chief financial and operations officer, said: 'The Newton and Arkwright buildings have been part of the fabric of this city for many years and we are keen that they should continue to be used for the purpose for which they were built.' Designed by London firm Hopkins Architects, the proposal features a glazed central court and an outdoor quadrangle.

Mr Jackson added: 'The scheme will not only help the university deliver a high-quality educational experience but also safeguard the future of two fine historic buildings.

The university has already recruited Turner and Townsend as quantity surveyor, while Arup will provide consultancy services for all structural, mechanical and electrical work.

The work is expected to take around two years to complete with a start on site anticipated later this year.

HBG has nabbed three deals totalling £23 million to revamp two universities in northern England.

The firm has picked up a brace of contracts worth £14 million to build new technology centres at Teesside University in Middlesbrough. Both jobs start later this month.

And in West Yorkshire, HBG will build a £9 million creative arts building at Huddersfield University. Work will start later this summer.