Faithful+Gould Scoops Key Role on University of York Development

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould's Leeds office has been appointed to a major framework which is due to be one of the largest capital developments amongst UK higher education institutions for the next 10 years.

Working for the University of York, Faithful+Gould has been appointed to provide cost consultancy services for three years, with a possible one year extension.*

Mark Allan, associate director from Faithful+Gould, said:

“This framework appointment is a significant win for our highly capable team which boasts particular experience of delivering complex education projects and working on high profile frameworks. We have recruited additional resource with a higher education background to supplement our already experienced team and further expansion is possible in the future. This demonstrates our commitment to the University.

“Throughout the lifespan of our appointment to the framework, our commercial and cost management team will combine Faithful+Gould’s extensive global experience with our proven track record in the education sector, resulting in a totally focused approach to the achievement of the University of York’s aspirations.

“Faithful+Gould is intrinsically involved in higher education projects across the country, which, combine sustainability, whole life value and innovation to maximum effect. In addition, we have created a Whole Life Value Centre of Excellence which contains a sustainability team to ensure that Faithful+Gould continues to strive for the highest possible industry standards in the UK.”

The University is expanding onto a new site called Heslington East. The site lies on land close to the University’s existing campus, on the outskirts of York.

Responding to the structured expansion of academic departments and increased demand for research, the University is planning to expand beyond its current estate boundary to develop a 65ha site, to the north east of the current campus.

This campus will represent the single greatest development of the University of York estate since Heslington West campus was built in the 1960s, and will be one of the largest capital developments amongst UK higher education institutions in the coming decade.

The first cluster of Heslington East buildings to be constructed will include the departments of Electronics, Computer Science and Theatre, Film and Television, the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis and White Rose Grid.

There will also be residential accommodation for students and a central hub building providing social space and teaching accommodation. A lake, which the buildings will overlook, will also be created in this first phase of work.

Eric Hannah, development manager for the University of York, said:

“Faithful+Gould’s outstanding experience in the field of delivering high profile education schemes on time and to budget as well as its resource availability was impressive and we look forward to working with its team throughout the project.”

* Faithful+Gould is one of three consultants to be appointed to the framework.