HBG to refurbish Grade II listed Sheffield University Arts Tower

4 September 2008 21:18 - BAM Construct UK Ltd

(Press release HBG Construction:) Colindale, London, 4 September 2008 - HBG Construction has been appointed by Sheffield University as its preferred bidder for the first phase of refurbishing the Grade II listed Arts Tower. The value of the first and second phase contract is approximately £15 million.

Work on the landmark Grade II Listed Building, which will include cladding refurbishment, new services to the upper floors and full refurbishment of floors 9-19, will commence on site in June 2009 with an anticipated completion of September 2010.

James Wimpenny, Director of HBG in the North East, said: 'HBG has a proud history of working on historic buildings in Yorkshire. We have refurbished the Sheffield City Hall and Harrogate Royal Hall. We have also been appointed as the preferred contractor for the refurbishment of the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds. HBG is known for the quality of the projects it delivers and for its considerate approach. We're really proud to be involved at this stage with the iconic Arts Tower, and hope to continue our association with the City's finest and most historic buildings.'

As part of the building's refurbishment, improvements will be made to the circulation and comfort facilities as well as to the general internal environment, making the most of the open space and views across the City. The refurbishment hopes to extend the landmark building's life by an additional 30 years for the benefit of staff and students.

This iconic building is a prime example of post war modernist architecture and has stood as a prominent landmark on the Sheffield skyline since it was erected in 1965. Originally built to accommodate 160 staff and 1000 students, the building is currently host to over 300 staff and used daily by around 2,500 students.

The University's School of Architecture occupies the building's top floors. Over the years, thousands of Arts and Humanities students have had the unique experience of travelling up and down its nineteen storeys in the unusual paternoster lift.

English Heritage has been consulted and is supports the University's aims.

Neil Cameron, Director of Estates at the University of Sheffield, said: 'The renovation and refurbishment of the Arts Tower is a very exciting and challenging project for the University of Sheffield. The University is delighted to announce HBG Construction Ltd - North East as the preferred contractor for Phase 1 of the iconic building's refurbishment programme. We fully appreciate that the Arts Tower is a listed building and, along with HBG Construction, we will remain committed to restoring and preserving its architectural heritage, while at the same time ensuring that it meets the future needs of our staff and students.'

HBG UK Ltd is one of the UK's leading construction services organisations, with a turnover exceeding £1 billion. It operates throughout the UK from regional centres in Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and St Albans. HBG UK Ltd is part of the €9 billion turnover European construction company Royal BAM Group. On 6 October HBG UK will become known as BAM Construct UK.

Further information: Mark Slattery, Press and Media Manager HBG UK Ltd, 020 8338 2341