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Bam claims £50m Oxford University job

Bam Construction has won the contract to deliver a £50m new-build programme at Oxford University’s Keble College.

The firm will build the college’s new H B Allen Centre, which will provide research facuilities as well as 231 rooms for postgraduate students.

Work on the building will start later this year, with completion scheduled for 2018.

The scheme has been designed by architects Rick Mather, which also worked with Bam on an extension Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.

The university contract represents part of a major push for Bam into the market in Oxfordshire, with the firm moving past £200m of work since 2004.

Besides the Ashmolean job, the contractor built the £33m Bupa-owned Richmond Care Villages and delivered several healthcare projects as part of Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust’s P21 programme.

Bam’s construction manager for Oxford Anthony Nagle said: “In my time in Oxford, I have come to expect nothing but the best buildings and most complex works. Everything built here is bespoke, with top-class architecture.

“To this, we bring technical expertise and experience and every project we deliver here has been special, but that is the nature of Oxford.”

Keble College bursar Roger Boden added: “It matters to us that we are dealing with a firm that, although multinational, has deep roots in the region and a team that guards its reputation jealously.

“We chose Bam primarily because of its strong focus on collaborative teamwork. The basis of any construction project is of course contractual, but for us a successful project is all about trust and a shared vision of what we want to achieve.”


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