The University of Chester has appointed Salford-based Graham Construction to complete the £2.1m phase two refurbishment of its main library.
The firm was awarded the works following the successful handover of phase one at the university’s Seaborne Library.
Phase two will conclude the construction of a new two-storey extension to the existing building, which will feature study, administration and library space.
External works will involve realigning the adjacent highway and creating new vehicle delivery and parking spaces. The project is expected to run for 28 weeks with completion in the summer.
The north of England division of Graham Construction has been responsible for the £81m Peel Park Quarter at the University of Salford, the award-winning Heart of the Campus development at Sheffield Hallam University, numerous framework projects for the University of Manchester and Liverpool Hope University’s new £8.9m science building, which opened to students in January.
Graham Construction north of England regional director Gary Hughes said: “After successfully completing phase one of the project on time and within budget, the university invited us to negotiate the second phase. Our extensive knowledge of the project, and collaborative approach with the university, meant that we were awarded the opportunity to conclude the building works, which are now under way.”
Senior executive director of learning and information services at the University of Chester, Brian Fitzpatrick, said: “The extension continues our investment in learning services to student and will provide a greatly enhanced library, study and learning environment.”