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University of Leicester names framework winners

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Bond Bryan, Levitt Bernstein, Sheppard Robson have all been chosen for the University of Leicester’s new £17.5 million construction services framework

The teams selected for the maximum four-year agreement will have the opportunity to work with the university on a range of complex projects including laboratories, offices, and student accommodation.

The framework is divided into nine lots, including one for architectural projects valued below £2 million and another for those valued higher. Bond Bryan, Levitt Bernstein, Sheppard Robson have been chosen for the larger projects lot, while DLA Design Group, Glancy Nicholls Architects and Gotch Saunders and Surridge have been chosen for the smaller schemes lot.

The teams selected for the other lots – covering civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, cost management and quantity surveying, and project management – have yet to be announced. According to the brief: ‘The University of Leicester is implementing a framework for provision of estates design and related consultancy services. The requirement is split into nine lots, based upon discipline and value of projects.

‘The university will contract directly with disciplines directly, the designers will be required to work together. Over the four-year period the university expects to spend up to £17.5 million on fees to assist in delivering the university’s capital programme, minor works and asset management plans, projects will range vastly in scope and size.’

The University of Leicester hosts around 16,800 students with its main campus located next to Victoria Park about 1.5km south of the city centre. The university’s 95ha estate includes 110 non-residential buildings and 191 residential buildings.

Key landmarks on the main campus include the Denys Lasdun-designed Charles Wilson Building and Grade II*-listed Engineering Building by James Stirling. The latest framework will cover a range of new builds, refurbishments, extensions, and upgrades.

Schemes will range in value from £50,000 to £1 million and there are expected to be about 50 awarded each year. The framework was originally due to commence at the start of December. It will run for an initial three years, after which there will be an option to extend for a further 12 months.

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