Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work under Way on Architecture Workshop Facility; DEVELOPMENT COREENA FORD Coreena.Ford@ncjmedia.Co.UK

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work under Way on Architecture Workshop Facility; DEVELOPMENT COREENA FORD Coreena.Ford@ncjmedia.Co.UK

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ROBERTSON Construction England has started work on a PS2.4m research lab extension at Newcastle University after winning the contract through a competitive bid process.

The Gateshead firm secured the contract to extend the building science building occupied by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, following a bid process which was open to firms on the university's list of approved contractors.

The finished extension is based on a concept design developed by Design Office - a design consultancy based within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - and developed by Durham-based PH Partnership, whose director, Fausto Pereira, is a Newcastle University architecture graduate.

Comprising three floors and sprawling over 18,000sq ft, its main function will be to co-locate enhanced workshop and studio spaces for architecture students, in a built-for-purpose facility.

Key tasks ahead for the Robertson team include demolition works, service diversions, piling, steel frame erection, curtain walling, zinc cladding and mechanical and electrical installation, in preparation for the first students arriving in March 2017.

Garry Hope, regional managing director of Robertson North East England said: "Our team is already on site demolishing the existing recycling area and preparing the site for the installation of the piled foundations, which will support the steel frame structure.

"These works will run from now until June, with the steel frame being erected at the end of June 2016.

"The reasons we were successful on this particular bid is because we have built upon the successful relationship that was forged during the construction of the University's National Centre for Subsea and Off-shore Engineering building, which was completed in December 2015.

"We're due to complete phase one of this current job in February next year, with phase two scheduled for completion the following month. …

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