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Wates to build £49m V&A gallery

Wates has won a £28m construction contract to work on the £49m Exhibition Road project at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Wates beat Bam Construct, Balfour Beatty, Mace and Skanska to the £28m deal.

The V&A Exhibition Road project was designed by AL_A and will include an underground gallery as well as an open courtyard and a café.

Construction on the project is set to start this month, with completion scheduled for the end of 2016.

In December, University College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum started drawing up plans to build new sites at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The sites would enable more of its permanent collection to be displayed as well as providing a showcase for temporary exhibitions. It also plans to build a centre for research and conservation.

Wates Construction business unit director for London and Kent Richard Shroll said: “The V&A’s ambitious development plans will significantly enhance the visitor experience of what is already a renowned cultural institution, both nationally and internationally.

“It is an exciting time as we prepare to embark on our role as main contractor and we are working in close partnership with the V&A to ensure the scheme delivers on their vision for the project, while maintaining an environment in which the museum can remain fully open to the public.”

A spokesperson for V&A added that Wates had put together a strong team to deliver the project.

Last week, Construction News revealed that Wates was also chosen to work on Scape’s East Midlands Property Alliance intermediate upper-value frameworks, along with Morgan Sindall.

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