Construction firm Morgan Sindall has secured a £15.8m contract to redevelop and upgrade the University of Hertfordshire’s facilities in the UK.
As per the deal, Morgan Sindall will construct a new two-storey student services building, a new main reception area and a learning zone at the university’s College Lane campus.
Upon completion, the new building will also feature student support services, enrolment and administration offices, and a coffee bar.
Morgan Sindall area director Bob Ensch said, "The new student and learning zones will provide students with a custom-built, sustainable area in which to study and socialise, along with a spacious new reception area."
The design of the facility will include several water-saving features and a sustainable green roof, which will be planted with sedum vegetation to absorb rainwater and offer insulation.
Scheduled to complete in May 2014, the new building is expected to achieve a BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rating.
The project is part of the university ‘2020 Estates Vision’ redevelopment plan, which will transform its College Lane and de Havilland Campuses.
The contract will also see Morgan Sindall refurbish several existing buildings at Hatfield campus.
Morgan Sindall’s contract follows the appointment of the Uliving consortium earlier in 2012 to construct 2,511 new student accommodation rooms at the University of Hertfordshire.
Uliving consists of UK-based developer Bouygues Development and housing association Derwent Living.
Image: The project features a new two-storey student services building and a main reception area. Photo: Morgan Sindall.