Kier Construction has won a £18m contract to extend and refurbish the Templeman library at the University of Kent in the UK.
Under the project, Kier will work with architects Penoyre & Prasad to create a 5,200m², five-floor extension to the existing library, which was first opened in 1965.
The contract will also see Kier build a new climate controlled basement and refurbish internal areas of the building.
The extension to the library will house the new reading areas, collection and exhibition space, and a 250-seat lecture theatre.
Externally, Kier will construct a new lawn entrance to the south of the building and an avenue connecting the existing theatre and architecture school.
Kier Construction operations director Peter Searle said “The newly refurbished library will provide a contemporary learning environment for the many students who will learn here now, and in the future, ensuring the Templeman Library continues its enduring and pivotal role within the campus for many years to come.”
Construction of the extension and the first phase of the refurbishment are expected to be completed in September 2014, while the main works are due for completion by the end of 2015.
In 2012, Kier Construction secured a £70m contract from University College London to build a new research centre on the corner of Howland Street and Charlotte Street in Central London, UK.
Image: The project will provide a 5,200m², five-floor extension to the existing Templeman library. Photo: Courtesy of Kier Group.