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Shepherd lands £16m Leeds library deal

Shepherd Construction has won a £16m contract to build a new library for the University of Leeds.

The new library will provide 1,000 reader seats, flexible training rooms, community classrooms and a café.

It will also deliver an IT-rich space for students and flexible space for 6,800 metres of book stock.

According to construction intelligence provider Glenigan, Balfour Beatty, Bam, Miller, Morgan Sindall, and Willmott Dixon were also in the running for the project, which was initially expected to be worth £28m.

Shepherd Construction’s north region managing director Kevin Donegan said: “We are delighted to be working on this high-profile project in Leeds, which will enhance the university’s facilities and provide its students with an exceptional learning environment.”

University of Leeds vice-chancellor Professor Michael Arthur added: “This is a major investment which will ensure that the university continues to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students and world-class facilities for our staff.”

The new library is due for completion at the beginning of 2015 and is the first city-fronting building that the university has commissioned for more than 30 years.

It is the latest in a series of projects Shepherd has undertaken at the university, having been involved in the construction of the bioscience, student services and sports science buildings.

The current library is situated in the Edward Boyle building on the main University of Leeds campus.

Meanwhile, Kier has been awarded the £18m contract to extend and refurbish Kent University’s library in Canterbury.

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