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Balfour Beatty to build new student accommodation for Birmingham University

24 Nov 2013 (Last Updated November 24th, 2013 18:30)

Balfour Beatty has won a £42m contract to design and build new student accommodation for the University of Birmingham in the UK.

University of Birmingham

Balfour Beatty has won a £42m contract to design and build new student accommodation for the University of Birmingham in the UK.

The 726-bed Chamberlain Halls project will be built after demolishing and re-building the existing Eden Tower.

Under the deal, Balfour Beatty will construct a new 20-storey tower and three linear ‘finger’ buildings along the Church Road in Edgbaston.

The construction firm will use building information management (BIM) to plan the scheme and provide management solutions.

The project will be undertaken by architects Glancy Nicholls, structural engineers Nolan Associates, M&E engineers Couch Perry and Wilkes.

Balfour Beatty will build customised mechanical and electrical units housing ducting, cabling and pipe-work offsite at its Modular Systems+ facility in Wendnesbury, UK, which will enable quick installation of the structures on site.

Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK managing director of construction Tony Dixon said the University of Birmingham’s scheme builds on the company’s portfolio of work in the student accommodation sector.

"Through the extensive use of BIM and support from our specialist teams across our business, we will deliver a high quality and great value-for-money scheme, which will achieve some of the highest levels of energy efficiency, reducing the whole life costs of the facility," Dixon said.

Construction is expected to be completed late 2015 and Balfour Beatty said the building will meet the EPC ‘A’ category for energy efficiency via the use of brick cladding for insulation, a copper rain screen and glazed curtain walling to reduce heat loss.

University of Birmingham director of estates Ian Barker said the university aims to provide the best facilities for students, staff and visitors to campus.

"This project forms an important part of our drive to make the university more environmentally sustainable – building on the 20% reduction in carbon emissions that we have achieved to date," Barker said.


Image: The University of Birmingham’s New Chamberlain Halls. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty.