Work has commenced on a ‘challenging’ £3 million project to build a new research centre at the University of Birmingham.
Nottingham-based Clegg Construction is creating a new two-storey building to house a new biomedical centre on the university’s science park with one floor dedicated to fitted out laboratories and the remainder occupied by associated businesses and enterprises.
Simon Blackburn, managing director of Clegg Construction, said: “We are delighted to be asked to carry out this important new project for the University of Birmingham having previously completed the £6 million refurbishment of its Gisbert Kapp building.
“The project presents the challenge of working next to buildings where the life of the university continues and there is also a railway line nearby at the back of the site.
“This requires us to co-ordinate with the university to ensure we can carry out the project on schedule with minimum disruption to students and staff.”
Once completed, the biomedical centre will play a key role in forging partnerships between the university and businesses.
Companies will also be able to operate from the new centre.
The Clegg team was able to draw on its experience of carrying out a £5 million project at the nearby Aston University which included the creation of five new laboratories and the construction of the pioneering carbon neutral Energy Technologies Building at the University of Nottingham which incorporated the latest environmentally friendly features to conserve energy.
Clegg is a privately-owned independent group of companies with experience in a wide range of sectors including industrial, commercial, residential and leisure facilities.