The University of Newcastle, UK, has awarded a £45.3m contract to real estate builders and construction company Bowmer & Kirkland for the development of its new urban science building (USB).
The contract, titled 'Design and Build of Science Central Urban Sciences Building', enables Bowmer & Kirkland to develop a second building across the 24-acre site for the university.
This is part of the Newcastle Science Central development in the UK for which, enabling, infrastructure and public realm works are already under-way.
The USB is the second building planned at the site, following completion of the first building development named 'The Core'.
The building is intended to be designed to achieve at least BREEAM Excellent rating and will deliver up to 13,500m² of teaching, research and forum space.
The USB has been planned primarily as an open plan office, teaching accommodation and light workshop / laboratories, with associated administration, meeting, breakout and collaborative spaces.
The contract cost is considerably more than the initially expected £36.8m. Infrastructure and landscaping works around the USB are expected to be included under the contractual development works, for which an additional £3m has been allotted.
The university intends to choose a main contractor for the development within this month, and expects the building to be completed by August 2017.
Newcastle University also inaugurated a new purpose-built physics facility earlier this month.