Salford picks Wates to start campus renewal

Wates Construction has won a £4.6m contract for the refurbishment and extension of Salford University's Chapman Building.

This will be the first phase of the university's 20-year estates programme, called Campus Plan, which will deliver and refurbished buildings for a mixture of uses by staff and students.

Wates Construction will start work in August to bring the 1970s building fully up to date. The redevelopment will include upgrading the lecture theatre, a café breakout space on the ground floor, additional learning areas on the first floor and improving the external appearance of the building.

The wider Campus Plan involves the creation of attractive public spaces, a new arts building and self-contained student accommodation overlooking Peel Park. With 24-hour security, shops, restaurants and cafés, it is hoped that the residential development will boost the local economy and become part of the wider community.

Dr Adrian Graves, the university's deputy vice-chancellor, said: "The appointment of Wates Construction marks the beginning of a very exciting period of development for the University. We look forward to working with them as we invest in Salford's future."

John Shannon, business unit director for Wates Construction, said: "It is a pleasure to be working on the major refurbishment of the Chapman Building. This will substantially enhance the university's estate and facilities and we're proud to be involved in a project that will help improve the services offered to students in the city."

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