7 March 2014

Bouygues UK has been awarded a £26 million contract to build a new 8,900sqm science laboratory for the University of Hertfordshire, the UK's leading business-facing University, on its College Lane Campus in Hatfield.

£26 million contract

The five storey building will include 1573m2 of Primary Teaching Labs and 1881m2 of Research & Equipment Labs, co-locating a number of departments within one building.  This new building will provide an exceptional range of state of the art teaching and research facilities as well as the resources for privately-funded research to be carried out by the University and will achieve BREEAM Excellent status.

This is the second contract to be awarded to Bouygues UK following the financial close of the student accommodation project on the University of Hertfordshire campus in May 2013.

Adaptable and flexible 

Working in partnership with BDP Architects and Structural Engineering company AECOM, Bouygues UK will create the traditional concrete frame utilising post-tension slabs to achieve the 13 metre spans required to provide the University with a space that will be inherently adaptable and flexible to future needs. Capita will also be supporting the Bouygues UK team in finalising the design of the MEP systems.

Work began on the College Lane campus at the start of the year.  The programme has been carefully phased by Bouygues UK to mitigate the impact of works on the students and teaching staff at the University. 

Working in partnership 

Speaking of the contract win, Arnaud Bekaert, Managing Director, Bouygues UK, London and South East says:

"Bouygues UK has built a solid reputation for developing strong partnerships with its  clients  across the UK and we are excited about working with the University of Hertfordshire again. The creation of this impressive new science laboratory for the University of Hertfordshire is a fantastic addition to our University portfolio and we are very proud to be bringing such exceptional facilities to the campus."

Andrew May, Director of Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services, the University of Hertfordshire says:

"The University of Hertfordshire is once again delighted to be working with Bouygues UK on its flagship academic building which forms part of its vision to improve its estate in the next 10 years. This Science Building project further embeds our relationship with Bouygues UK as we are currently working together on our 3,000 bedroom, true zero carbon student accommodation project."