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University of Southampton Moves Masterplan Forward

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The University of Southampton is in the process of recruiting architects for two significant regeneration projects.

The first will result in the transformation of South Stoneham House into a 400-bed student accommodation development, equipped with social spaces and study areas.

The second will replace existing facilities on the university's 1960's Highfield Campus, with a central building featuring an 800-seat lecture theatre, a cafeteria, study spaces, offices and enhanced public realm.

Both developments are due to be complete by 2022.

In its brief, the university said it is 'developing a 10-year plan of capital investment in its infrastructure and buildings to position itself for the future. The project will lead to the replacement of buildings near the end of their useful life.'

As a result, the university is seeking expressions of interest from architects who can demonstrate experience in masterplanning and the design of student residential projects. Those interested must have an annual turnover of at least £5 million, with bids being evaluated 70% on quality and 30% on cost.