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Laing O'Rourke wins Oxford University deal

Laing O’Rourke has won a deal to build new accommodation for Oxford University.

The contractor will construct Somerville College’s digs on the site of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

The buildings will provide 68 en-suite rooms. The project is understood to be worth about £11 million..

Principal dame Fiona Caldicott said: “Our plans for constructing two new student accommodation buildings are central to our effort to increase access to higher education at Somerville.

“The project will transform the college as it will allow us to house all students in affordable accommodation and thereby sustain our commitment to increasing access for students on a needs-blind basis.”