International property and construction consultancy, Gleeds, has been awarded a place on the University of Leicester Estates Design Team Consultancy Services Framework providing cost management services.
The three year framework includes a number of new build and refurbishment projects on campus and forms part of the University’s wider Development Framework Plan. Ranked in the top 12 Universities in the UK, the University of Leicester has earmarked £1 billion to realise its goal of creating a campus which matches its ambition and reputation as an academic elite.
Having worked with the University of Leicester for over seven years, a team of 70 cost management professionals from the company’s central region will be responsible for the delivery of the framework’s projects.
Director at Gleeds, Anthony Cork, said: “It is great to be able to extend our long-standing relationship with the University of Leicester. Education is a key sector for Gleeds and we are proud to be a part of this Framework partnership.”
Within the University of Leicester’s Development Framework Plan, funds were ring-fenced for a number of new energy-efficient buildings across the campus which Gleeds has already helped to deliver. These include the recently completed and award-winning £42 million Medical School and the £19 million Engineering Building, which is due to complete in Spring 2017.
Ian Barker, Interim Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the University of Leicester, said: “The University of Leicester’s Development Framework Plan, which is amongst the biggest of any UK university, will create a campus that enables us to achieve our full potential and to underpin and affirm our position as a top tier UK university.
“To deliver this state of the art campus, we need to work with partners who have the expertise and passion to bring it to life. Gleeds was selected for its long-standing relationship with the university and the firm’s knowledge and understanding of the higher education sector and its capabilities to deliver impactful schemes.”