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University of Sussex life sciences building kicks off procurement

The University of Sussex has fired the starting gun on a design-and-build contract for its new school of life sciences.

The contract will involve 11,000 sq m of new build and 2,000 sq m of refurbishment works at the University of Sussex’s main campus in Falmer, near Brighton.

Part of the school will be housed in the university’s existing Genome building, which will be refurbished, with the remainder comprising a new-build facility on the current science car park spread over three-and-a-half storeys.

The two sections will then be connected to serve as one facility.

According to OJEU documents, the scheme will be worth between £40m and £50m and is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2018 academic year.

Earlier in 2015, the university appointed Balfour Beatty to design, build, finance and operate its East Slope Residences project under a 50-year contract.

The 2,000-bed development (pictured), which will replace an exisiting 600-bed facility, will be worth £120m.

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