Willmott Dixon to construct University of Warwick teaching and learning hub

2 September 2015 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2015 18:30)

UK construction firm Willmott Dixon has won a £20m contract to develop a central hub at the University of Warwick in Coventry.

University of Warwick Teaching and Learning building

UK construction firm Willmott Dixon has won a £20m contract to develop a central hub at the University of Warwick in Coventry.

The contract, which has been procured through local authority procurement entity Scape Group's National Major Works framework, is for the construction of a new teaching and learning building at the university's central campus.

The new construction will feature 250 and 500-seat lecture theatres, along with additional spaces for teaching and seminars.

The facility will also have allocations for socialising and networking areas, which will be accessible by the university faculties.

Berman Guedes Stretton is working as the architect for the development with Willmott Dixon, while Pick Everard will be the project manager.

Pick Everard managing partner Duncan Green said: "Under the Scape framework, we will deliver project management, quantity surveying and CDM co-ordination services for what is going to be a hugely important addition to the University of Warwick campus."

This project is in-line with the University of Warwick's redevelopment initiative, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.

"This will deliver a thriving new central facility for staff and students, as well as a striking building architecturally that will be memorable."

The construction giant has handled similar projects totalling more than £250m for universities such as Kent, Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London, and Brighton.

Willmott Dixon Midlands managing director Peter Owen said: "Our recent experience in higher education includes the new Curzon building at Birmingham City University and we'll be using our experience of working in live environments to ensure we create a centrepiece for Warwick that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.

"This will deliver a thriving new central facility for staff and students, as well as a striking building architecturally that will be memorable for all visitors."

Construction works for the teaching and learning building have been scheduled for completion by next July.

University of Warwick teaching and learning pro vice-chancellor Christina Hughes said: "Warwick is committed to delivering the highest quality educational experience for all our students.

"Our new teaching and learning building, which has been co-designed with our students and staff, will further enhance that experience through its innovative design and capabilities."


Image: An artist's impression of the new teaching and learning building at University of Warwick's central campus. Photo: courtesy of Willmott Dixon.