Wates completes university redevelopment

David McCourt

Wates Construction has finished work on the £5.6m regeneration and extension of the University of Salford's Chapman Building.

The Altrincham-based builder was awarded the contract to deliver the project in July 2011. The work involved an extensive refurbishment to transform the 1960s building into a modern learning environment.

The works have included upgraded lecture theatres, a café breakout space on the ground floor, flexible learning areas and external refurbishment.

Tony Shenton, business unit director for Wates Construction, North West, said: "The redevelopment of university estates is key in enhancing the higher education experience, and as student fees increase, so too do their demands for state-of-the-art facilities.

"We are very proud to have been involved in a project that will improve the provision for students in the city and its completion marks a significant step forward in the University of Salford's regeneration plans."

The project forms part of the first phase of the university's wider campus plan to create attractive, contemporary and vibrant spaces, which will include the new Gateway Building for arts subjects and central-campus student accommodation overlooking Peel Park.

Wates' delivery of higher education facilities in the North West includes the University of Manchester's new £20m Learning Commons on Oxford Road, which will provide a 24-hour communal learning hub for students.

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