University of Manchester in the UK has selected three architects and construction firms to contribute to a £1bn capital works framework.

Under the terms of the contract, Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty, and Sir Robert McAlpine, will deliver the majority of capital projects for the university over the next eight years, which is being valued at more than £10m.

"This construction partnering framework is probably unique within higher education."

Construction at the university will include the £350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), which will integrate the University’s four Schools of Engineering, and offer space for teaching and office.

University of Manchester estates and facilities director Diana Hampson said: "This construction partnering framework is probably unique within higher education.

"The scope and scale of the campus masterplan requires a huge amount of resource and presents significant delivery challenges."

Balfour Beatty managing director for northern major projects Jon Adams said: "We applaud the University of Manchester for their innovative and groundbreaking procurement route."

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Laing O’Rourke construction UK leader Steve Coleby said: "The values underpinning the construction partnering framework align well to ours and will help ensure all partners drive, and importantly share, innovation and best practice for the benefit of the university and its stakeholders, while we deliver a world-class campus."