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University of York selects Interserve for £17m design and build contract

Interserve has been awarded a £17 million contract to design and build a three-storey development at the University of York’s Campus East.

The ‘Piazza Learning Centre’ will house teaching facilities and learning spaces, as part of a £27 million scheme on the campus. The project, Interserve’s second with the University of York, will feature 36 flexible learning spaces, including two laboratories, a 350-seat auditorium, a 100-seat lecture theatre, a 300-seat restaurant, as well as staff areas and offices spread across 6,800 m2.

The new building will be used by the University’s International Pathway College (IPC), as well as providing additional teaching space for Campus East. The International Pathway College, a joint venture between the University of York and Kaplan, provides academic preparation programmes for international students prior to them progressing to their undergraduate and postgraduate studies within the University.

Speaking about the contract, John Gittins, divisional director at Interserve, said:

“We are looking forward to further strengthening our relationship with the University of York as it continues to both expand and renew its facilities. At Interserve we are committed to investing in the communities in which we work and we will be continuing to engage with the local supply chain as well as creating new job opportunities for local people.”

Work on site has now begun, with project completion due in November 2017.

Interserve hopes to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ rating for the project.


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