The project will include the refurbishment of a 12-storey teaching block, constructing a new six-storey building, the conversion of a two-storey building and all associated mechanical and electrical work, creating 27,700m2 of new teaching and support office space.
Balfour Beatty is using BIM in the early stages of the design and build and has already delivered a big cost reduction through design review.
The buildings are designed to attain BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard and Balfour aims to engage local small businesses, apprentices and labour on the project, while offering a number of work experience placements for students in project management, architecture and interior design.
Jon Adams, northern managing director for Balfour Beatty Major Projects, said: “We have a track record of delivering work for De Montfort University dating back over ten years, having previously refurbished the Hawthorn Building and constructed the centre-piece Campus Centre building in 2003, and we are looking forward delivering another part of the University’s ambitious transformation programme.”
Balfour Beatty is also engaged on other nearby university projects in Sheffield and Birmingham.
Enabling works are commencing this month, with the project due for completion in September 2016.