Contract awarded for £18.8m university building

New build: Sheffield Hallam University's Heart of the Campus redevelopment project will be carried out by GRAHAM Construction.
New build: Sheffield Hallam University's Heart of the Campus redevelopment project will be carried out by GRAHAM Construction.
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GRAHAM Construction has won an £18.8 million contract to create a new teaching block and social facilities at Sheffield Hallam University’s Collegiate Crescent Campus.

The independent construction group is building 9,500 square metres of space on three storeys for the university’s Law, Criminology and Community Justice, Psychology, Sociology and Politics departments.

GRAHAM is also providing a new café and ‘open learning zones’ including areas with high levels of IT services, staff offices, landscaped areas and terraces.

The Sheffield Hallam contract comes as GRAHAM completes work on Sheffield University’s £11.6 million Engineering Graduate School, which will provide facilities for collaborative, inter-disciplinary research groups and postgraduate learning.

GRAHAM Construction regional director Neil McFarlane said: “We have already built up good relations with the construction industry in Sheffield and we will be seeking to engage with local suppliers again to create as many jobs and opportunities as we can for people from the Sheffield area.”

Sheffield Hallam director of estates and facilities Mark Swales said: “The university is committed to becoming a top 50 university by 2015 and our campus is a key part of this.

“This redevelopment will give our students better facilities and timetabled space. It will provide better space for student support services, learning support and the students union, along with improved accommodation and services for staff.”