Construction, housing and property development company Willmott Dixon has landed a £26m contract to build an academic ‘hub’ building for the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.
Under the terms of the contract, Willmott Dixon is responsible for delivering services in the higher education sector.
Earlier, the company delivered similar facilities for universities including Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton with a combined value of more than £200m.
As part of the project, Willmott Dixon will provide a new four-storey learning hub for the university that will serve as home to the Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science.
According to the company, the new building will give the university approximately 8,000m² of space.
Work on the project will be undertaken by the company’s Kent-based local team, with completion scheduled for the end of 2016.
Project manager BNP Paribas Real Estate, architect Penoyre and Prasad, mechanical and electrical provider Max Fordham, structural engineer Price & Myers and Betteridge & Milsom as QS are involved in the scheme.
Willmott Dixon in the Southern Home Counties managing director Roger Forsdyke said: "This hub will give each of the departments their own distinct learning area that will attract students and academics keen to develop their knowledge and research using these high-tech facilities.
"Importantly, we’ll be bringing our experience of higher education and working in live environments on major hub projects to ensure we create a centrepiece that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come."
Image: The new hub will give the University of Kent approximately 8,000m² of space. Photo: courtesy of Willmott Dixon.