Bid race starts for £1bn Manchester Uni expansion
The University of Manchester has started the hunt for three main contractors to deliver its £1bn campus masterplan.
The University will take a contractor partnering route to deliver the ambitious programme over the next eight years.
It believes that a collaborative partnership will encourage innovation in delivery and improved performance management of suppliers.
This mirrors the approach taken by private developer Argent to deliver the massive King’s Cross development programme.
The nub of the plan is to create a single campus that will see construction of new teaching and research buildings, student facilities and major improvements to the public realm.
Part of the campus building programme has started, but the remaining bulk of projects have so far been costed at £670m and could rise to over £1bn as future projects are more clearly defined.
Phase 1 will be carried out between 2015 and 2018 and involve a £360m spend on jobs between £10m-£200m.
Phase 2 will run from 2018 to 2022 with an estimated construction value of £310m, covering projects of £10m-£70m.
The first phase of the building programme is now underway and will be delivered by 2019. Works include the building of the new Manchester Engineering Campus Development, new centres for the School of Law and Manchester Business School, a major refurbishment of the University Library, and a bigger and better Students’ Union.
Outline plans have been drawn up for the second phase from 2018 to 2022. This will involve building a Biomedical Campus and a new health centre for students and staff. There will also be refurbishments in the Schools of Computer Science, Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Chemistry.
The University is hoping to shortlist 6-9 firms to enter detailed negotiations before three firms are selected for the partnering framework.
Further details regarding the phases and the envisaged projects within them will be set out in the tender documentation.
Aaron Morby | Wed 30th July | Construction Enquirer