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University projects boost Surgo

6 Jun 14 Newcastle University has picked Surgo Construction to be principal contractor to build and refurbish its Catherine Cookson extension and social hub.

Image of inside the Catherine Cookson extension courtesy of FaulknerBrowns
Image of inside the Catherine Cookson extension courtesy of FaulknerBrowns

The £4.4m contract takes the value of new education sector work won by Surgo this quarter to £7m.

The new Catherine Cookson extension and social hub will be located on a land locked internal courtyard within the medical school surrounded by a mixture of existing concrete and brick buildings.

Surgo was appointed to the Catherine Cookson extension, a design and build project, from an initial shortlist of six contractors and will be managing two firms of architects throughout – the Durham-based practice, Howarth Litchfield Partnership (HLP), who are working on the laboratory refurbishment works and FaulknerBrowns, responsible for the courtyard extension. 

The 53-week contract started on site at the beginning of June.

“There is a definite uplift in activity within the regional construction market which is pleasing to see,” said Surgo director Jeff Alexander.

Other education wins include a return to the Christopherson Building at Durham University to undertake Phase 4 of its development.   Surgo has already worked on the enabling package as well as Phase 3.  Worth £1.6m, this latest project involves internal refurbishment within the engineering building in conjunction with architect GSS and consulting engineer Desco.

Surgo has also returned to undertake further construction work at the Trinity Academy in Doncaster which was originally built by the team and opened in 2005.  The £900k project will provide a link corridor from the existing building to a new teaching block.

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