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Shepherd lands £17m Birmingham Uni contract

Shepherd Construction has won a £17 million contract to build the first phase of a new campus development for University College Birmingham.

The new 7,592 sq m teaching facility will replace number of unoccupied buildings and a car park on Charlotte Street and Holland Street in Birmingham’s city centre in a conservation area on the edge of the historic Jewellery Quarter.

Shepherd Construction west division managing director Peter Millett said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working closely with UCB to help deliver their vision for a modern city centre campus. We are due on-site in a couple of weeks and the project is scheduled to complete in June 2013.”

Designed over four floors, the new facility should achieve a BREAAM Excellent rating and will include a dedicated postgraduate centre, teaching spaces including three lecture theatres, a 24 hour study hub and a 200 seater café.

The architect on the scheme is Associated Architects, cost consultant is Gleeds, EC Harris is providing project management, Couch Consulting Engineers is providing structural services and Couch, Perry & Wilkes providing mechanical and electrical consultancy for the client, UCB.

UCB principal Professor Ray Linforth said: “The appointment of Shepherd Construction marks another step closer for us in achieving our goal of providing additional excellent teaching and learning facilities at University College Birmingham. 

“Shepherd’s pitch for the work and their reputation in the construction industry, demonstrate their commitment to providing a quality service and a professional product and these are values which we align with very strongly.  

The new contract comes just months after Shepherd Construction completed the £66 million new Bournville College at Longbridge. The contractor is also currently delivering £76 million of university projects across the UK and earlier this year completed four other university contracts worth £36.9 million.

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