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Manchester-based construction company wins £6.7m education contract

The Joseph Priestley Building at University of Huddersfield

The Yorkshire office of Bardsley Construction has secured a £6.7m contract with the University of Huddersfield to refurbish and extend The Joseph Priestley Building.

The £50m turnover family-owned firm’s first major project for the University will provide enhanced and improved teaching space via the refurbishment and remodelling of the ground, first and second floors of the building at the heart of the main campus.

Greater Manchester-based Bardsley will also deliver an entirely new four-storey extension to The Joseph Priestley Building including a new entrance, atrium and staircase and over-cladding of the North, public facing façade with finned metal feature cladding.

This project will deliver improved teaching & learning facilities and post graduate facilities for the School of Applied Sciences as well as greatly enhance the student experience.

Work on site started in April 2017 with the whole project due to be completed in November 2017.

Alongside Bardsley Construction on the project delivery team are architects AHR, structural engineers TSP and M&E consultants, ESP Limited.

Rick Smeaton, Bardsley regional manager in Yorkshire, commented: “This contract represents our first major project for The University of Huddersfield and provides the Yorkshire region office of Bardsley with an ideal opportunity to enhance our well-earned reputation for the delivery of high quality and bespoke educational facilities, adding to our growing portfolio of construction projects in Yorkshire, the North of England and the Midlands.”

Other major schemes undertaken by the Bardsley Yorkshire region office in Leeds include the design and construction of:

a student accommodation scheme at Hannah Court, Sheffield on behalf of Venture Property Group, featuring 103 ensuite studio apartments, offices, management suite and residents’ communal hub £6.2m;

The Halifax Academy for Calderdale Council is new 2 Form Entry Primary School, two storey construction with a total GFA of 2,116m2 – £4.5m;

The West Yorkshire History Centre, 3 storeys incorporating archive storage to the top two floors and multi-purpose space to ground floor including foyer reception with café, exhibition space, learning zones, enquiries office and secure search room, conservation studio. the three-storey archive facility for Wakefield Council housing more than 10 million records of Wakefield and the former counties of West Yorkshire and West Riding, for Wakefield Council and joint services – £6.4m;

Wakefield College Advances Skills & Innovation Centre, a 3-storey steel frame building with Holorib concrete floors, and single ply roof. The elevations are a mix of brick and Trespa cladding with aluminium windows on a SFS support structure. External works, services and drainage provisions to the new facility as part of the wider campus plan – £5m;

Fernbank Extra Care Facility for The Abbeyfield Society, provides a state-of-the-art extra care and dementia unit on the site of the former Bingley Hospital, Bradford. With the construction of 47 extra care apartments, 30 dementia apartments, together with a day centre. Inclusive of hard and soft landscaping and drainage works – £10.5m;

And X1 Aire, 147 apartments over 13 storeys of concrete frame, together with associated external works and drainage – £13.9m.