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University of Surrey seeks architect for £3.8m student union revamp

Guildford
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The University of Surrey in Guildford is recruiting an architect for a £3.8 million refurbishment of its student union building

The winning team will deliver an ‘extensive refurbishment and adaptation’ of the university’s existing 1972 student union headquarters – known as Union House.

According to the contract notice, the project – which is planned to complete in 2018 – will involve ‘extension, adaptation and refurbishment over 3 floors’.

Designed by Maguire and Murray Architects, the 3,100m² building on the eastern side of the university’s Stag Hill campus features bars, cafes, lounges, performance areas and offices.

According to the initial project brief: ‘The aim is to transform Union House into “a top ten UK Union fit for generations of Surrey students yet to come.”

‘The proposed work would involve every area and level of the building; some areas would be completely reconfigured, whilst a lighter touch would be deployed for other areas, which are deemed to be working well and perhaps more “cosmetic” work is sufficient.’

A 220m² southern elevation extension and 230m² north west entrance extension may also be delivered.

Established in 1966, the University of Surrey specialises in science, engineering, medicine and business and now hosts more than 14,000 students.

Originally known as the Battersea College of Technology, the institution had been based next to Battersea Park since 1891 before relocating outside of London.

The majority of buildings on the Stag Hill campus – located in northwest Guildford next to the town’s cathedral – were designed by BDP and completed between 1968 and 1972.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the latest £270,000 contract and the winning team will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 0 to 6.

The deadline for returning completed PQQs is 12 noon on 14 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

University of Surrey
Stag Hill
Guildford
GU2 7XH

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