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Summer start for uni faculty despite contractor set-back

20 Apr 15 Planning permission has been granted for the University of Huddersfield's new law school but a contractor has yet to be named following the collapse of the GB Group.

Huddersfield's new Law School building
Huddersfield's new Law School building

Despite the demise of its preferred contractor, the university is planning to start work during the summer holidays with a replacement firm.

GB Building Solutions was selected for the £27.5m contract in February, just a month before the company fell into administration.

[See our previous reports here and here.]

The six-storey building will provide a new home for the University of Huddersfield’s Law School and the School of Music, Humanities & Media. It has now received planning permission form Kirklees Council.

The new structure will link into the university’s Student Central building, which was just completed last year, at a cost of £22.5m and officially opened in January.

The university’s director of estates of facilities, Colin Blair, said: “We will now move ahead with the preparations for this important new building, working with a main contractor who will be announced when the tendering process is completed. The successful contractor will begin work on the site during the students’ summer holidays, to avoid any disruptions during examinations.”

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