Willmott Dixon has secured a £19m design and build contract to construct the University of Bedfordshire’s new library in Luton.
The seven-storey building will connect to the rest of the university’s Luton campus through a bridge link.
The 7,400m² development forms part of the university’s plans to invest about £90m at Luton campus over the next five years.
It follows new campus developments at Luton over recent years, which include a £34m campus centre, a £20m postgraduate and continuing professional development centre and the Fitzroy Court student village on Vicarage street, adjacent to the Luton campus.
Construction work on the new library will start later this year, with completion expected by summer 2015.
University of Bedfordshire vice-chancellor Bill Rammell said the new facility will further enhance the students’ learning experience, offering the latest digital learning technologies, an expanded space for print resources and study space for individual and group study.
"This investment also underlines the university’s commitment to developing first-class teaching and learning facilities in Luton. Only last month we launched a new dedicated art and design building in Guildford Street," Rammell said.
"We also opened a CSI crime lab facility on Cumberland Street in the town, for forensic science students to gain valuable practical experience as part of their studies."
Willmott Dixon is currently delivering about £200m of projects to modernise, update and extend university accommodation, including the £46m phase two of Birmingham City University’s master plan.
Image: The seven-storey building will connect to the rest of the University’s Luton campus through a bridge link. Photo: courtesy of Willmott Dixon.