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Aecom wins University of Exeter design deal

Aecom has scooped a contract to design a new research and teaching facility for the University of Exeter.

The consultant will work in partnership with Hopkins Architects to design Project North Park, which marks one of the largest investments made by the university in the past 10 years.

Exeter’s research and teaching hub will provide learning spaces for science, humanities and social sciences students and staff.

The value of the project is to be confirmed, as the university is working with Aecom and Hopkins to explore a number of investment options.

A decision on the chosen investment route is expected in February 2019.

Tenders for a main contractor are expected to go out in November next year.

Construction is scheduled to commence in August 2020, with the building set to open in September 2022.

Aecom’s contract marks its latest deal in the higher education sector, following an agreement with the University of Bristol in June.

The consultant scooped a contract to design the university’s £300m Enterprise Campus as part of the Perfect Circle JV with Gleeds and Pick Everard.

The campus, situated in Bristol’s Temple Quarter, will include what the university describes as the world’s first open-access Quantum Innovation Centre, which will feature research laboratories and seminar spaces.

Accommodation for 1,500 students will also be delivered.

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