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Coventry University awards Willmott Dixon £11.7m project

Willmott Dixon has been contracted to renovate the former BT building in Coventry and turn it into a learning hub

Posted by Julian Owen | August 02, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Willmott Dixon’s relationship with Coventry University continues after it was awarded an £11.7 million contract to transform the former BT building on Mile Lane into a learning hub.

Procured through Major Works England and Northern Ireland, part of the Scape National Construction framework, this latest project will see the 72,000m² building brought up to the standards required for education in the 21st century. It is part of a wider £33 million campus transformation by CU Coventry to accommodate up to 3,000 students.

Willmott Dixon’s work will deliver a campus featuring teaching rooms, IT suites, engineering and science labs, a moot court and a café, as well as extensive breakout areas for social learning to make teaching more flexible.

With work on site is scheduled for completion in early 2019, Jackie Mathers, associate pro vice chancellor of CU Coventry, said: “The new campus is ideally situated adjacent to Coventry University’s Technology Park, which is already host to a variety of Coventry University activities, as well as a number of exciting start-up businesses. It is also close to the railway station and includes good parking facilities.”

Victoria Brambini, managing director at Scape Procure, said: “CU Coventry offers a flexible approach to learning and attracts students at different stages of their lives. The renovated former BT building will provide innovative and creative learning spaces, reflecting the educational experience on offer. The rigorous performance management in place across our framework provides certainty of time quality and cost in project delivery, ensuring that the new campus is completed in time to welcome its first students in March 2019.”



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