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Willmott Dixon lands second project with University of Kent

The company is returning to the uni with a £13.4m contract to construct a new School of Economics building, plus further teaching facilities

Posted by Julian Owen | January 17, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

After delivering the University of Kent's Sibson building in 2016, Willmott Dixon is returning to the institution with a £13.4 million contract to construct a building for the School of Economics, as well as other teaching facilities.

The three-storey facility will allow the university to locate the School of Economics under one roof, providing a modern home and community for the school. It will house improved facilities such as social spaces, meeting rooms and an IT suite, with further teaching space. It is planned the building will be ready in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

The new Economics building will be located in the north-western part of the campus, where the recently demolished Kent Research and Development Centre (KRDC) was located, and will complete the circle of buildings that include Sibson and the old KBS building.

The location brings Economics into closer proximity with Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, to create an “area of strength” in financial and business subjects.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Southern Home Counties, said: “We are delighted to be working once again with the University of Kent. We’ll be bringing our experience of higher education and working in live environments on major hub projects to ensure we create a centrepiece that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.”

Construction on the new Economics building is due to start in January 2018, ready for occupancy in summer 2019.

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