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Balfour Beatty awarded £80m University of Warwick project

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Balfour Beatty has announced it has been awarded an £80m contract to construct the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) in Coventry for the University of Warwick.

The 33,000 sq m development on the main campus of the university will involve the construction of a four-storey L-shaped building that will house teaching, research and development, and design and engineering facilities centred around collaborative workspaces.

Balfour Beatty will also carry out the significant mechanical and electrical installation works.

The NAIC will accommodate over 1,000 technologists, academics, designers, students and engineers, fostering collaboration to develop and use breakthrough vehicle technologies.

The facility will also aim to address the current shortage of skilled research and development staff in the automotive supply chain.

At the height of construction, the project will employ over 750 people and will also provide opportunities for apprenticeships and graduate and work-experience placements.

Balfour Beatty chief executive for construction UK Nicholas Pollard said: "This award adds to our significant portfolio of university projects across the UK.

"We look forward to delivering a facility that will support the University of Warwick's ambition to position the UK at the forefront of automotive research and development.

"Our commitment to apprenticeship, graduate and work placements, throughout project delivery will ensure Balfour Beatty's contribution goes beyond the construction phase."

Work will commence this spring, with completion expected in spring 2017.

The NAIC is being funded through a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, WMG and the government's UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, which is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

http://www.hvnplus.co.uk/news/balfour-beatty-awarded-80m-university-of-warwick-project/8681061.article?referrer=RSS

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