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Bouygues UK wins £27m contract to build QMUL graduate facility

Bouygues UK has been awarded a £27m contract to build a new graduate facility for Queen Mary University in east London.

The eight-storey centre will be located on the university’s Mile End campus and is set to be completed by late 2016.

The scheme adds to Bouygues UK’s growing portfolio of university buildings, following contract wins at the University of Hertfordshire, University of Essex and King’s College London.

Speaking after the decision, Bouygues UK managing director for construction in London Arnaud Bekaert said: “We are delivering a new building, on a busy student campus, in close proximity to London Underground – each of which presents different, simultaneous challenges for us.

“The facility will be built with two concrete cores and feature a 750-tonne steel frame with a brick facade and curtain wall.

“The building has an irregular facade so it is not uniform in design.

“Due to its proximity to the Central line, the building has also had to incorporate features to absorb and minimise vibrations from the underground trains, as have our construction methods.”

Bouygues will work with Sweett Group and architect WilkinsonEyre on the building, which will include a large amphitheatre-style teaching area and 63 offices.

The contractor and architect previously collaborated on the Mary Rose Museum development.

Mr Bekaert said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with WilkinsonEyre and Sweett Group once more, both of whom we have strong, established relationships with, making this much more of a collaborative effort.”

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