Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a £42 million contract to design and build new student accommodation to provide 726 bedrooms for the University of Birmingham.
The contract to deliver the ‘Chamberlain Halls’ halls of residence involves the demolition and re-building of the existing Eden Tower and the build of a new 20-storey tower, together with three linear ‘finger’ buildings situated along Church Road in Edgbaston.
Balfour Beatty will deliver the project in just 100 weeks, and will utilise BIM (Building Information Management) for the planning of the project, providing value-engineering and long term management solutions.
Tony Dixon, managing director of construction at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK, said:
“Through the extensive use of BIM and support from our specialist teams across our business, we will deliver a high quality and great value for money scheme which will achieve some of the highest levels of energy efficiency, reducing the whole life costs of the facility.”
Ian Barker, director of estates at the University of Birmingham, said:
“The University is committed to providing the highest quality facilities for students, staff and visitors to campus. This project forms an important part of our drive to make the university more environmentally sustainable – building on the 20% reduction in carbon emissions that we have achieved to date.”
This contract award builds on Balfour Beatty’s consistent performance in the student accommodation sector for which it has recently been awarded schemes at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bangor and University of Exeter as well as for student accommodation providers Urbanest and Unite.
Construction is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2015.