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De Montfort University chooses Balfour Beatty for £42m deal

Balfour Beatty has won a £42m contract to redevelop the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University in Leicester.

The contractor will refurbish a 12-storey teaching block, build a new six-storey building, convert a two-storey building and carry out all associated M&E work on 27,700 sq m of new teaching and support office space.

It will use BIM in the design and build of the project and said its early application had already led to a “substantial reduction” in the scheme’s cost through design review.

The buildings are designed to attain BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard.

Jon Adams, northern managing director for Balfour Beatty Major Projects, said: “We have a track record of delivering work for De Montfort University dating back over ten years, having previously refurbished the Hawthorn Building and constructed the centre-piece Campus Centre building in 2003, and we are looking forward to delivering another part of the University’s ambitious transformation programme.”

Enabling works start this month, with the project due to complete in September 2016.

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