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Balfour Beatty appointed to University of Manchester construction framework

Balfour Beatty has been appointed by the University of Manchester to deliver a large part of its £1 billion capital programme through a partnership framework agreement along with Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine.

The University of Manchester’s Campus Masterplan is the largest capital programme in the institution’s history and is one of the largest currently underway in the higher education sector.

The three contractors will be responsible for delivering the majority of the University’s capital projects in excess of £10 million over the next eight years. They will work on a number of major developments, including the flagship £350 million Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), which will bring together the University’s four Schools of Engineering in one location and also provide teaching and office space.

University director of estates and facilities, Diana Hampson, said:

“This Construction Partnering Framework is probably unique within higher education. The scope and scale of the Campus Masterplan requires a huge amount of resource and presents significant delivery challenges. A collaborative, partnership arrangement was therefore vital in ensuring both quality and value.

“It will benefit all partners and importantly it will have environmental as well as social benefits such as creating jobs for unemployed people. We are looking forward to working closely with the three contractors on some landmark developments across our campus.”

Jon Adams, Balfour Beatty managing director for northern major projects added:

“Our start-to-finish infrastructure capabilities, from design through to piling, construction and mechanical and electrical services enables us to meet the demands of this framework which will provide an improved built environment for the 40,000 students the University serves.”

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