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Contract due for £28m Leeds uni library

A winning contractor will be appointed to a new £28m library scheme at the University of Leeds “within weeks” after the scheme received the green light.

Planners have approved the project and construction is due to commence in late August.

Architect ADP said the new library would provide 1,000 reader seats, flexible training rooms, a skills zone, community classrooms and café, in addition to flexible space for 6,800 linear metres of book stock. 

A University of Leeds spokeswoman told Construction News a contractor had not yet been appointed, but tenders were being evaluated and a decision was expected to be made “within a couple of weeks”.

According to construction intelligence provider Glenigan, Balfour Beatty, Bam, Miller, Morgan Sindall, Shepherd and Willmott Dixon are in the running for the project.

The £28m building is due to open at the beginning of 2015.

Leeds University Union education officer Josh Smith said: “I am delighted to have been a part of the project team for the new library and I am excited for students to have access to what will be a very up-to-date building to study in and use as a resource.

“Good-quality library space is always going to be a priority for students, which is why this new facility is going to be a fantastic addition to campus.”

University of Leeds director of facilities management Dennis Hopper added: “The end result will be stunning and a visible sign of our commitment to invest in the student experience.”

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