A purpose-built laboratory for teaching and research in biological and analytic sciences will sit alongside a strength and conditioning room. A running track, sports therapy clinic and facilities for food and environmental sciences will also be part of the complex.
BAM based in Shirley, Solihull, is part of BAM Construct UK, one of the country’s largest construction services organisations.
The contractor built The Hub at Coventry University, a modern high-tech building which is the social centre of student campus life, and also the new Severn Trent Headquarters building which they completed in 2010.
The Hub, completed in 2011, achieved a BREEAM status of excellent. The new energy-efficient building has been designed to meet the world-leading environmental rating system for buildings.
BAM Technical Services will also be involved in the project providing temporary works and BAM Plant will provide plant, machinery and electrical services installations on site.
Construction teams will now begin moving onto the site to prepare for groundwork to commence, with archaeological excavation work already having been completed and several findings dating back to medieval times unearthed.
The construction and equipment of the building is expected to total over £60 million. The project has been awarded a £4.9 million grant by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Oxford-based AECOM are project managers for the scheme. Architects are the Birmingham office of Broadway Malyan. The Birmingham office of Buro Happold are the project’s structural engineers and services. London-based Gardiner & Theobald is the quantity surveyor.