The construction and property development company BAM Construction has recently celebrated the topping out of the Sir William Henry Bragg building at the University of Leeds, with the ceremony being attended by university representatives, contractor representatives, and members of architecture firms.
The new Sir William Henry Bragg building will include a first-class laboratory and specialised teaching spaces as a new integrated campus for engineering and physical sciences which is scheduled to achieve completion by 2021.
The Director of Estates and Facilities, Steve Gilley stated: “I would like to thank all of our partners who have contributed to this flagship project to date. It is important to mark key milestones and recognise the importance of the expertise from extended project teams, to ensure the successful construction of this new facility.”
BAM Construction is serving as the main contractor on this scheme whereas the companies ADP and Arcadis served as architects alongside BAM Design, Gardiner and Theobald, ARUP, and Silcock Leedham.
The Regional Director of BAM Construction, John Phillips commented: “Topping out is a centuries old tradition, and this year BAM is 150 years old, while the University’s origins date back to a similar time, to 1874. Today we are both known for being leaders in modern technology. The University is looking to the future, and BAM are delighted to be helping them to create facilities for the next generations of students and academics.”
The Director of ADP, Joe Morgan added: “This project was conceived in 2015 as a critical component of the strategic masterplan, to create a collaborative hub for computing and physical sciences. The building champions the need to address tomorrow’s challenges whilst minimising its impact on the environment, so it is appropriate that one of the components designed to make this building so highly energy efficient should be lowered into place as part of the ‘topping out’ celebration.”
The Director of Arcadis, Ian Aldous concluded: “The scale of this project, from the stakeholder engagement through to the design solution and delivery, has been immense and everyone involved has been on a real journey. As such, to see the critical milestone being reached is hugely satisfying for all involved, and a testimony to the dedication of all parties to the future vision.”
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