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17th Jan 2019
The construction firm Kier Group plc has been appointed to design and build a new higher education teaching facility for University College Birmingham.
The project is expected to cost £29m and is the latest phase of the University's £100m redevelopment of its Jewellery Quarter campus. As part of the build, Kier will construct a new four-storey undergraduate and postgraduate teaching facility equipped with an indoor running track, lecture theatres, learning areas and offices.
The first two floors will accommodate eight classrooms, and a total of three 100-seat lecture theatres. The third floor will be home to a 35-metre indoor running track used to assess the speed and performance for UCB's range of sports courses.
Work is due to begin on the site later this month, with the building due for completion in time for the 2019-20 academic year.
Kier Group is already in the process of delivering over £100m of teaching facilities for universities across the country.
Commenting on the development, vice-chancellor and principal professor Ray Linforth said: "We are committed to continuing to improve the student experience and we look forward to working with Kier to build a fantastic building with superlative learning facilities where students can flourish."
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