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Bouygues savours QMU Graduate Centre challenge

17 Jun 15 Bouygues UK has been awarded a £27m construction contract by Queen Mary University of London.

CGI of the new building (Queen Mary University of London / WilkinsonEyre)
CGI of the new building (Queen Mary University of London / WilkinsonEyre)

Bouygues UK will build a new graduate facility for Queen Mary University of London’s main teaching campus on the Mile End Road in Tower Hamlets.

The graduate centre will have large amphitheatre-style lecture halls and 63 offices for the growing number of postgraduate students at the university. The university’s School of Economics & Finance will also relocate to the new building.

Bouygues UK managing director for London construction, Arnaud Bekaert, said: “We are delivering a new building, on a busy student campus, in close proximity to London Underground – each of which presents different, simultaneous challenges for us during the construction phase.

“The eight-storey facility will be built with two concrete cores and feature a 750-tonne steel frame with a brick facade and curtain wall. The building has an irregular facade so it is not uniform in design. Due to its proximity to the Central Line, the building has also had to incorporate features to absorb and minimise vibrations from the trains using the underground, as have our construction methods. All in all, it is an exciting and complex project.”

Architect is WilkinsonEyre, with whom Bouygues previously worked on the Mary Rose Museum. Project manager is Sweett.

Mr Arnaud added: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with WilkinsonEyre and Sweett Group once more, both of whom we have strong, established relationships with, making this much more of a collaborative effort.”

Enabling works have already been carried out on the site. The project is scheduled for completion by late 2016.

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