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Willmott Dixon wins £47m Birmingham University deal

Willmott Dixon has bagged a £46.5m deal to build the University of Birmingham’s new School of Engineering.

The university picked the contractor to deliver the facility, which will house the School of Engineering and the UKRRIN Rail Digital Systems Innovation Centre.

Birmingham’s new building will include a number of research and lab spaces, as well as offices and meeting areas for the students.

The UKRRIN (UK Rail Research and Innovation Network) facility aims to be a centre of excellence for innovation and research on digital railway systems, focusing on simulation, data integration and cyber-security.

Construction is scheduled to commence this month, with completion set for 2020.

It is Willmott Dixon’s latest contract with the University of Birmingham after the contractor scooped deals for a data centre at its Edgbaston campus and the Green Heart Building that will offer social and performance spaces. 

Willmott Dixon secured the School of Engineering deal through the Constructing West Midlands Framework, which also features Balfour Beatty, Bouygues and Morgan Sindall.

The framework ends next month and Constructing West Midlands has begun procurement for a new £2bn framework

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