Willmott Dixon has been awarded a third contract with Coventry University to renovate the former BT building on Mile Lane in Coventry into a learning hub.
The £11.7 million deal follows recent projects for the university to supports its expansion outside Coventry, with Willmott Dixon building a new campus in Scarborough to create CU Scarborough as well as transforming the Grade II listed Civic Centre in Dagenham into the new CU London.
Procured through Major Works England and Northern Ireland, part of the Scape National Construction framework, this latest project will see the 72,000m² building brought up to the standards required for education in the 21st century. It is part of a wider £33 million campus transformation by CU Coventry to accommodate up to 3,000 students.
Willmott Dixon’s work will deliver a campus that offers a range of academic qualifications, including honours degree courses, foundation years, access to higher education diplomas, higher national certificates and higher national diplomas. It will feature teaching rooms, IT suites, engineering and science labs, a moot court and a café, as well as extensive breakout areas for social learning to make teaching more flexible. The works are scheduled for completion in early 2019.
Peter Owen, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be working with Coventry University again to help create another state-of-the-art campus for generations of students to enjoy.”
The project further strengthens Willmott Dixon’s track-record in the university sector with other current projects including creating the new School of Medicine for Anglia Ruskin University in Essex, Kingston University’s new landmark Town House, a cutting-edge sports hub for the University of Warwick and converting a former naval hospital within a world heritage site into a student hub for the University of Greenwich.