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Galliford Try preferred for £60m Worcester PFI project

Galliford Try has been named preferred bidder on a £60 million PFI project to develop the new Worcester library and history centre for Worcestershire County Council in partnership with the University of Worcester.

Work will cover construction of a fully integrated public and university library.

The development will also house the county archives and records office, history centre, archaeology service, multi-agency customer service centre in addition to commercial and retail space.

Construction is expected to start on site in October 2009 with completion expected by January 2012. 

Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “Bringing together Galliford Try’s strength in delivering schemes through the Private Finance Initiative together with its investment and construction expertise has been key to securing this appointment.

“We are delighted to be working with Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester to bring this important project to fruition.”

The building is set to become one of the world’s most sustainable buildings with a 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and will have a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent.’