Contract out for Owens Park construction partner

The University of Manchester has launched its search for a contractor to deliver between £120m and £140m of works within the Owens Park campus redevelopment.

The scheme will see 3,000 bedrooms built on the 70-acre site in Fallowfield. The plans include the demolition and rebuilding of the 2,200 bedrooms currently available and the provision of a further 800 bedrooms. This will compensate for the 800 rooms being demolished as part of the development of a new engineering campus on Booth Street.

Owens Park is the university’s main residential site and is dominated by a 1960s-built tower block. Under the masterplan the tower, along with neighbouring residential halls Oak House and Ladybarn House will be cleared.

There would also be upgraded sports facilities and improved student support services.

The university also wants to sell off part of the site for redevelopment.

In December 2014 the University of Manchester announced that it had secured funding from Abu Dhabi-based investor Mubadala Development Company to deliver the £175m Owens Park campus scheme.

Mubadala is wholly-owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi.

The project is the latest phase in a £1.8bn investment programme in new facilities by the university across Manchester.

The first phase of units are expected to be ready for the 2018/2019 academic year, subject to finalisation of development plans and planning consents, with lettings managed by the University of Manchester’s accommodation office.

According to the tender document “the university aims to significantly enhance the student experience through a replanning of the Fallowfield campus, diversifying the range of services and facilities – creating a vibrant student village with hub facilities that support residents on site and the student population within the wider Fallowfield area.”

The contract period is from 2016 to 2019. Deadline for receipt of tenders is 26 June 2015.

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