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Bam Construct in pole position for £30m University of Salford deal

Exclusive: Bam Construct has been named as preferred bidder for the University of Salford’s £30 million Gateway building.

The contractor has been appointed to the second-stage design for the scheme and is expected to sign a deal in July, after which work can commence in August.

Construction News revealed that contractors Bam Construct, Laing O’Rourke, Lend Lease, Shepherd Construction, Vinci and Willmott Dixon had been called to a meeting in January to discuss a new two-stage tender process and new tender documents for the Gateway building, after the original £38m OJEU notice was issued in the summer of 2011.

The scheme had been valued at between £32m and £38m in the original OJEU notice in July 2011 (see project timeline).

The revised procurement process was started after Salford University issued revised design documents to reflect fit-out enhancements on the co-location of the schools of art and design, music, media and performance as well as supporting workshops previously accommodated in a separate building.

A consortium including Kier Property and Graham Investment Projects won the contract earlier this month to build a £64m campus for the university including fitness rooms, home cinemas and game zones, which will open from September 2015.

Project timeline

July 2011: Original OJEU notice issued for scheme valued between £32m and £38m

February 2012: Six names line up for the £32m scheme

May 2012: Contract award is delayed for the original seven-storey building

October 2012: University confirms plans to issue new tender documents

January 2013: Pre-qualified contractors are called in to discuss new tender process

The Gateway building will be the new home for the schools of music, performance, architecture and art and design and will include a new theatre, recording studios, performance rooms, café and specialist teaching space along with workshops.

Bam Construction director Ian Fleming said: “We are extremely pleased to have been selected as preferred bidder on this very important project for the University of Salford. We are looking forward to starting this project, which has such high sustainability objectives.”

The BREEAM Excellent project contains around 17,200 sq m of floor area consisting of a concrete frame structure to the lower floors, with a steel structure to the upper two floors on piled foundations.

The roof consists of areas of planted green roof on a membrane. The elevations are mainly curtain walling, with areas of brickwork and metal cladding. Extensive external works form a large public realm area adjacent for external performances.

The project team includes Stride Treglown Architects, structural design by Ramboll, Appleyard and Trew as the project quantity surveyor and Davis Langdon as project manager.


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