University of York in Heslington, UK has awarded a design and build contract to construction major Interserve for a new three-storey building as part of a £16m development initiative at the campus.
The contract is the construction firm’s first for the university and will include development of teaching facilities and laboratories at the campus.
The building plans will include wet laboratories, interactive spaces for students, and a student services and administration centre.
Interserve will also be responsible for construction of an atrium linking the new building with the nearby Biomedical and Natural Sciences facility inside the campus.
Their first and second floors will also be connected with bridge links to allow for easy movement for students.
Interserve started enabling works for the project in July. Construction of the new-build is expected to be completed late next year.
Interserve divisional director John Gittins said: "We are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with the University of York as it continues to invest in world-class facilities to attract the very best students, researchers and staff.
"Securing this first project with the university highlights Interserve’s growing presence and expertise within the buoyant higher education sector and extends our relationship with the Russell Group, for whom we are currently working for on six universities in the north."
The university has been investing in multiple redevelopment projects in recent years, which includes 20 new constructions at its Heslington West campus. Another £750m project has also been undertaken at the Heslington East campus in order to expand its capacity to accommodate nearly 16,000 students and 3,500 staff.
Earlier this month, Interserve has won a £12.3m contract to improve and refurbish the Kirkgate Market in Leeds City Centre, UK.
Image: Building design for the new facility. Photo: © 2015 INTERSERVE PLC.