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Balfour Beatty Wins Contract For New Manchester Engineering Campus
International infrastructure conglomerate Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £287 million contract to build the Manchester Engineering Campus Development, a four-year project that will house the engineering schools, research institutes and innovative teaching spaces.
The project is part of the university’s ten-year Campus Masterplan to create a world-class estate that will benefit visitors, students and members of staff, while supporting its goals of establishing world-class research and providing an outstanding learning environment, social responsibility and student experience.
Once finished, the site will benefit from eco-friendly construction techniques, including advanced water recycling and waste systems, and smart energy consumption. During the construction phase, a workforce of 1,000 will be employed, with graduate placements and apprenticeships also made available. There will also be jobs for unemployed local people through the university’s Construction Academy.
Managing director of UK construction services with Balfour Beatty Dean Banks said: “We have extensive expertise in the higher education sector having delivered schemes such as the Holyrood postgraduate village at the University of Edinburgh, The Diamond building for the Engineering Faculty for the University of Sheffield, and the Foundry Courtyard Student Accommodation Complex in Glasgow.”
Last month, the company also announced that it had been appointed by Forth Valley College to finish construction work on the £55 million Falkirk campus in Grangemouth in Falkirk. Work is set to begin this autumn and the firm will employ more than 250 people, with 18 apprenticeships also available.
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