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Interserve wins first construction project at the University of York

by Interserve Press Office | Sep 21, 2015

University of YorkInterserve, the international support services and construction group, has won a contract to design and build a new three-storey building housing teaching facilities and laboratories as part of a £16 million development at the University of York’s Heslington West campus.

The project, Interserve’s first with the University of York, will feature wet laboratories, interactive spaces for students and a student services and administration centre, as well as an atrium linking it with the nearby Biomedical and Natural Sciences building. 

Bridge links will also be created to connect the first and second floors, allowing students to move easily between the two buildings.  Enabling works started on site in July 2015, and the project is due to complete in autumn 2016.

John Gittins, divisional director at Interserve, said: 

“We are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with the University of York as it continues to invest in world class facilities to attract the very best students, researchers and staff. Securing this first project with the University highlights Interserve’s growing presence and expertise within the buoyant higher education sector and extends our relationship with the Russell Group, for whom we are currently working for on six universities in the north.”

The University of York has undertaken significant redevelopment in recent years, investing in 20 new buildings on the original Heslington West campus, and undertaking a £750 million campus expansion at Heslington East, to accommodate some 16,000 students and 3,500 staff.  The university is part of the Russell Group of UK universities, which is committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

The University’s Department of Biology successfully secured a £5 million Higher Education Funding Council for England - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HEFCE STEM) 2014 award to help fund the second phase of its development. The HEFC provides government funded grants to academic institutions to support the higher education of young people.

Professor Ian Graham, the head of department in Biology at York, said: 

“We are looking forward to working with Interserve in the development of the Bioscience Complex at York. With the doors of this exciting new learning space due to open for the start of the 2016/17 academic year we have a very busy year ahead.”

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Interserve Press Office                          Tel: 0118 932 0123


Karen Lewis, Amy Morrison or Peter Haddock  Tel: 01785 255146

Edson Evers


About Interserve

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values.  We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.3 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide.

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