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Higher Education a Major Source of Work for the Construction Industry

Britain’s largest privately owned Housebuilding and Construction Company, Miller, has won building contracts worth £51 million at Bangor and Durham universities. Building and construction work at Bangor University will begin in May this year, continuing until 2014, whilst work in Durham will begin this month and is expected to be completed by September 2013.

Miller will build a £40 million art centre at Bangor University and carry out extension work at Durham University’s Business School.  As part of the £40 million investment at Bangor University, the construction firm will also build a studio theatre, cinema, restaurant, bars, a new students’ union building as well as additional learning and teaching space.

Chris Webster, Chief Executive of Miller Construction, told Construction News: “We are building a strong portfolio of projects in Higher Education and the contracts at Bangor University and Durham University provide us with the opportunity to reinforce our expertise and skills in this market.”

Research by the building firm Wates revealed last week that 79% of UK universities are planning to expand or make significant improvements to their existing buildings. Two thirds of universities are willing to spend more than £5 million on construction work in the future; the Higher Education Sector will be a major source of work for trade professionals and building contractors.

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Universities Development to Boost the Building Construction Sector

 

Universities across the UK are planning to spend millions of pounds on new buildings and improve facilities as they are competing to attract more foreign and domestic students – research by the building firm Wates has shown.

Two thirds from all UK universities are going to spend more than £5 million on new construction work. This means that the Higher Education sector will continue to be a major source of work for contractors and trade qualified professionals.

Wates said the research represents different type of Universities.  The BBC reported that there are more than 160 higher education institutions across the UK. The research shows that 79% of these have building plans to expand and make significant improvements.

According to the research, a third of universities are considering extensive building plans, some of those include creating new partnerships to modernise science facilities and even build a multi-purpose hotel on campus.

Ian Vickers from Wates told the Construction Enquirer: “Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying.

“In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow’ factor whilst also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.” added Vickers.

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