BAM Construction selected by University of Birmingham on 10-year framework

WCN Editorial Team 16 Mar 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

BAM Construction has been selected by the University of Birmingham on a 10-year construction framework and will be part of the university’s collaborative ‘family’ of contractors to work together.

The 10-year transformation plan will have a combined value of ₤1bn. Such a scale of investment will allow the university to build long-term relationships with contractors and consultants and optimise its value for money.

BAM Construction will be joined by other contractors such as Morgan Sindall, Galliford Try, Willmott Dixon, with John Graham Construction in reserve, said the university.

The framework can also be used by other universities and benefit from collective spending power and contractor relationships. The new framework also aims to develop initiatives in social value, environmental enhancements and sponsorships.

BAM framework director Steve Roome said: “We did our first higher education work here in 1966, and have built dozens of higher education buildings since and across the UK are acknowledged as a market leader in the education sector. Last year we were named as education contractor of the year, and we won the first ever safety award from the Department for Education.

“We’ve built several times for the University before, and what is of special significance for us is the highly collaborative nature of the framework. Our way of working is a combination of cutting edge technology and a collaborative attitude which is second nature to our people.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that the new framework represents exactly the way we like to create buildings. In a city with so much world class heritage and potential it’s great to see ambition being realised.”

The transformative plan has six frameworks under the umbrella of the University of Birmingham Build Higher Construction Frameworks. It includes construction companies for project value of up to ₤2.5m and one for project values ₤2.5m - ₤10m, plus client-side surveying support, architectural-led design and engineering services design.

BAM previously worked for the university in the 1990s, where it undertook some refurbishments. In 2000, the company had built the computer science and primary care building, a biomedical research building in 2001 and the Bramall Music Building in 2012.

Presently, the company is also constructing three major offices, the One and Two Chamberlain Square which is almost complete, Three Snowhill which was completed early this year and the in-progress 103 Colmore Row, which after completion will become the highest office building outside of London.


Image: The Bramall Music Building constructed by BAM in 2012. (Credit: Royal BAM Group nv.)

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