University of Manchester

Framing a world class estate for a “world class university”

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Project Overview

Client University of Manchester
Project value £175m
Expertise Building
Sector Education
Timeline 2011 - 2020 (framework timeline)
Location England - North
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Project summary

Stretching back over eight years, we continue to enjoy a long-term, collaborative relationship with the University of Manchester (UoM). In 2011, the Russell Group university appointed us to its Construction Works Framework, with responsibility for the refurbishment of campus accommodation. As one of a select group of participants, we delivered a suite of challenging schemes to the combined value of circa £17m, including the internal demolition & refit of the Simon Building, and the Phase One refurbishment of Coupland 3. With the second iteration of the Construction Works Framework beginning in 2016, we were selected as one of three contractors to Lot 4 and, under the remit of the four-year Framework, we undertake new build and refurbishment projects between £4m-£10m.

The detail

UoM continues to strive for excellence, not only in teaching, learning and research, “but in the environment” it provides.

Investing £1bn over ten years to “create an inspiring” campus, we have been a key partner in supporting this transformation, with both Construction Works Frameworks acting as key components of UoM’s aspiration to be a “world-class university with a world-class estate to match”.

The initial four-year Framework featured our completion of seven different schemes, ranging from the Samuel Alexander Building (£2.9m – remedial works/upgrade to the envelope), through to the live refurbishment of the Cooper Building (£1m).

Having secured our selection to the 2016-2020 Framework, we completed the Phase Two (£6m – March 2017/May 2018) and Phase Three (£6.4m – October 2017/July 2018) internal and external refurbishment programme of the Grade II listed Coupland 3 - where the famous World War II codebreaker, Alan Turing, worked while he was at Manchester.

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“Following the Project Committee’s walk around of the new lecture theatre, I would like to pass on our thanks to you, your colleagues in GRAHAM and your supply chain. The project has been extremely challenging and not without problems. However, we very much appreciate your efforts and GRAHAM’s positive responses to the challenges,”

Steve Jordan Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, UoM