Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has been selected by the University of Strathclyde for the construction of a £60m learning and teaching building in Glasgow, Scotland.
Balfour Beatty has been appointed to the university’s major building construction framework in February 2018 and the company won the contract, worth £33m, through this framework.
The infrastructure company will be responsible for the refurbishment and extension to the Grade II listed Architecture building and the nearby Colville building, linking the two to create a modern teaching space.
Facilities in the new learning and teaching building will include teaching spaces and a learning village for individual study, student-facing support services and a purpose-built accommodation for the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association.
Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will provide mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new learning hub.
Balfour Beatty regional managing director for Scotland and Ireland Hector MacAulay said: “This award is testament to our long-standing relationship with the University of Strathclyde and to our expert knowledge and experience in delivering modern educational facilities across Scotland.
“With almost 23,000 students based on the central Glasgow campus, we look forward to providing an exciting and inspiring environment, while also delivering multiple social and economic benefits to the surrounding community.”
Work on site is expected to commence later in 2018 and be completed in 2020. The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs during the peak of construction, providing local employment opportunities and graduate positions.
Balfour Beatty’s primary geographies are the UK and Ireland, the US and Far East. The company has created several iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world during the last 100 years, including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
The company has been operating in Scotland for more than a century and currently employs 2,000 people across Scotland.
Image: Balfour Beatty signing contract with the University of Strathclyde. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty.