Construction firm Morgan Sindall has been selected by the University of Sunderland in the UK for a £21m redevelopment framework.
Under the framework, Morgan Sindall’s Durham-based team will carry out design, construction and refurbishment projects at the university.
Morgan Sindall will redevelop the university’s Priestman building at a cost of £3.5m to house the fine arts, performing arts, culture and social sciences disciplines.
University of Sunderland head of estates Iain Garfield said: "The Priestman development is part of the two campus strategy, which sees ongoing improvements at both City and Sir Tom Cowie campus at St Peter’s."
"One of the features of this redevelopment is the re-siting of the entrance of the building from Albion Way to face the University Park, improving connectivity to both the City Campus and the park itself," Garfield said.
Work on the project includes a new entrance, art gallery, teaching and learning spaces, arts studios and workshops.
Morgan Sindall will improve the building’s infrastructure, including energy efficient lighting, heating and data connections as well as a new roof and windows.
Under the framework, Morgan Sindall will also build the second phase of the university’s £6m new science complex.
The work is scheduled to be complete in August this year.
Under the University of Sunderland’s previous framework, Morgan Sindall was awarded a contract to deliver various projects, including the design and construction of the university’s £12m CitySpace sport facility.
Image: Morgan Sindall will redevelop the university’s Priestman building to house the arts, culture and social sciences disciplines. Photo: Morgan Sindall.