Shepherd Construction has secured a £17m contract from University College Birmingham (UCB) in the UK to develop the first phase of a new campus for postgraduate and undergraduate studies.
Associated Architects has been selected as the architect for the new campus; EC Harris will undertake project management; Couch Consulting Engineers will be structural consultant; and Couch, Perry & Wilkes has been named as the project’s mechanical and electrical consultant.
Shepherd Construction’s West Division managing director Peter Millett said the company is looking forward to working with UCB to help deliver its vision for a modern city centre campus.
"We are due on-site in a couple of weeks and the project is scheduled to complete in June 2013," Millett said.
The 7,592m2 teaching facility will replace a number of unoccupied buildings and a car park on Charlotte Street and Holland Street in a conservation area on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham’s city centre.
The facility will be spread across four storeys and designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The new campus will house a dedicated postgraduate centre, teaching spaces including three lecture theatres, a 24-hour study hub and a 200-seat cafe.
UCB’s principal Professor Ray Linforth said the appointment takes the university closer to its goal of expanding its teaching and learning facilities.
"We have insisted on high levels of sustainability to be integral to the project including installation of photovoltaic solar panels, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting and high levels of heating insulation," Linforth added.
Shepherd Construction won the contract a few months after completing the new £66m Bournville College in the Longbridge suburb of Birmingham.
Shepherd Construction is currently carrying out £76m of university projects across the UK and earlier this year completed four other university projects worth £36.9m.