The University of Kent - School of Economics

Work commenced on site at The University of Kent in January 2018 to replace the existing Research and Development Centre with a new state-of-the-art School for Economics.

Faithful+Gould is providing project management service for the client’s NEC3 Option A contract, and principal design advisor services direct to the architect.

The new 3.879m2 L shaped building will provide a stronger visual focus, identity and community for the School of Economics. It will feature improved facilities for staff and students including social spaces, meeting rooms, seminar rooms, breakout spaces and an IT suite in the right-hand wing.

In addition to providing a new home for the school, the building will also provide new shared teaching facilities to support the wider cohort of students across the campus in the left-hand wing.

The project is being constructed using a steel frame with CLT floor planks, which negated the need for piled foundations and reduced the capital cost of the project.

The £13.4m Design and Build contract was let to Willmott Dixon on the last working day of the previous Scape Framework, which required some very careful programming to ensure that everything was ready and available (including the signatories) for the 7 May 2017 deadline.

Start on site was delayed as bat roosts were identified in the existing building which was demolished, this delay placed the project in the unique position of being able to start on site with 98% of the design completed, and most packages procured.

The project is due for completion in Spring 2019.

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