Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has been appointed by the University of Plymouth to deliver the refurbishment of Intercity Place.

Procured through the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), Kier will deliver the complete refurbishment of an 11-storey 5700m2 office block, providing the University with an outstanding facility to support its Faculty of Health in delivering the next generation of health professionals.

The project will create state-of-the-art teaching spaces with the equipment required to train future nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals.

Kier has started main works on the building and is working with local supply chain partners to deliver the project. It is on schedule to be finished in advance of the 2023/2024 academic year.

Doug Lloyd, operations director of Kier Regional Building Western & Wales said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Plymouth again, this time transforming a building that is a focal point of the city. Over the duration of the project, we will collaborate with all parties involved as its central to the wider Brunel Plaza masterplan.

“We have an unrivalled legacy in Plymouth, delivering for communities in the city and across Devon and Cornwall since the 1930s. We will work with our skilled and local supply chain partners to deliver this important new facility for the university.”

Refurbishment and reuse of the existing building will reduce the carbon impact and plans have been approved by Plymouth City Council, which allows for façade amendments that will support a sustainable heating, cooling and ventilation strategy.

Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, said: “This is an important development for both the University and the city, and it is exciting to see it really taking shape. The University is already the largest provider of healthcare training in the South West, and this will dramatically enhance the education and experience we can offer students across the Faculty of Health. It will ensure we can continue to meet the demand for frontline hospital and healthcare workers in Plymouth, the wider South West and beyond. It will also create a real focal point in this key part of our community at a time when regeneration and rejuvenation has never been more important.”

This latest appointment underpins Kier’s presence in Plymouth, with other projects including it work at Oceansgate marine enterprise zone and the £17m Derriford Research Facility for the University of Plymouth. Kier is also working with Building Plymouth to provide a range of job, training and career opportunities for residents of the city.

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