The University of Warwick has announced that it has chosen Willmott Dixon to carry out a £20 million project that will see a central hub building created on its campus on the outskirts of Coventry.The work is just the start of a major redevelopment for the university, as many of its campus buildings date back to the date of its founding in 1965. With 12,797 undergraduates, 10,441 postgraduates and 1,390 lecturers and research staff, Warwick is currently ranked as the best university aged fifty or under in Europe, and the third best in the world in this category according to QS.While the UK does not have a single authoritative university league table, but it regularly appears in top ten lists produced by a variety of bodies.Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said: ”Our recent experience in higher education includes the new Curzon Building at Birmingham City University and we’ll be using our experience of working in live environments to ensure we create a centrepiece for Warwick that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come. This will deliver a thriving new central facility for staff and students as well as a striking building architecturally that will be memorable for all visitors.”Over the past year, Willmott Dixon has worked on university projects for the University of Kent, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bournemouth, Birmingham City University, the University of West London and the University of Brighton.Willmott Dixon will be working with architect Berman Guedes Stretton, with Pick Everard serving as project manager.The new building will serve as a learning space for students and lecturers across multiple faculties. It will incorporate lecture theatres with capacities of 250 and 500 people, social spaces and seminar rooms.The project, which will be known as the Teaching and Learning Building, is expected to be finished by mid-2016.
Willmott Dixon wins Warwick contract
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