Kier wins £135m Cardiff University contract

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
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Kier has been named preferred bidder for the first phase of early works on Cardiff University’s Innovation Campus, in a £135m project to deliver two new facilities.

Cardiff Innovation Campus will be linked to the business school
Cardiff Innovation Campus will be linked to the business school

One will house SPARK, the world’s first social science research park, and the Innovation Centre – a creative space for start-ups, spin-outs and partnership working.

The other will be home to two leading scientific research establishments – the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

Work is set to start on-site in early 2017 and is due to complete in 2018. The scheme will also include a bridge linking Cardiff Business School with CIC.

Kier secured the contract under the SEWSCAP 2 framework, and the company has committed to subcontracting local SMEs, and providing opportunities for young people via apprenticeships.

Cardiff University students will be offered work placement opportunities, giving them first-hand experience of the different roles available within the construction industry.

Anthony Irving, managing director, Kier Construction Western & Wales, said the firm would be holding a Meet the Buyer event for local suppliers in early 2017.

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