Miller wins two university building contracts in UK

Bangor University, Pontio Development

Miller Construction has secured two contracts worth a total of £51m from Bangor University and Durham University in the UK to work on building projects.

Bangor University has selected Miller as preferred bidder for the £40m arts and innovation centre, known as the Pontio Development.

The project will deliver a 500-seat theatre, studio theatre, cinema, restaurant, bars, a new student union building, as well as teaching and learning spaces.

The 100,000ft² building will provide a link from the Memorial Arch to the university's main building.Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the project team also includes UK-based engineering services providers Arup and Atkins.

Work on the project is expected to begin in May 2012 and complete in spring 2014.Miller has also signed a £11m contract to deliver a new business school for Durham University.

Under the contract, Miller will improve and reconfigure the business school's facilities and build a new space to link existing and new buildings together.

The project will improve the facade of the existing buildings, as well as provide additional office accommodation, a new glazed breakout space, an improved catering area with space for dining and corporate events.

The proposed design will define two new formal garden spaces and maintain the existing green space on the back side of the building.

Durham University acting director of estates and buildings Trevor Armour said that the extension to the business school will include seminar rooms, offices and catering facilities.

"The plans also include alterations to existing buildings to create lecture rooms, seminar rooms, a library, and IT facilities," Armour said.

Work is due to begin in April 2012 and is expected to complete in September 2013. 


Image: Bangor University's Pontio Development will deliver a 500-seat theatre, studio theatre, cinema, restaurant, bars and a new students union building. Photo: Miller Construction.