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Miller secures Leeds University construction contract

International developer Miller Construction has announced it has been named as preferred bidder for contracts totalling £57 million for the delivery of new learning facilities and accommodation at some of the country's leading universities.

The firm is set to embark on five projects up and down the country at Bath Spa University, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.

Each consists of major educational and accommodation improvements for the educational establishments, including a mixture of refurbishment, new-build and campus expansion.

Some of the standout additions that are being undertaken by the developer include the creation of a new 4,000 sq ft Students' Union in Manchester, a remodelling and relocation project for the School of Geography in Leeds and the construction of 561 new residential accommodation units for students in Bath.

Chris Webster, chief executive for Miller Construction, said: "We have built an unrivalled reputation in the education market by delivering world-class facilities to meet modern education needs.

"Our approach is to focus on programmes of work with a select number of universities that recognise that the quality of the learning facilities and living environments provided are increasingly important elements in determining student choice."

Getting underway this year, each of the new projects has a delivery timeline for early to mid 2014 and represents a considerable investment in improving the educational facilities for the nation's youngsters at these prestigious institutions.

Miller has been awarded a number of accolades for its construction efforts in recent years, achieving a bronze award in 2013 as part of the considerate constructors scheme, as well as receiving the prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Award 2013 for their design of Forth Valley College's Stirling Campus.

With these latest contract wins now in the bag, the company is aiming to bring its design and engineering expertise to the provision of a state-of-the-art learning environments for more students across the UK over the coming months. 

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