Sheffield University has announced the preferred contractor for the refurbishment and expansion of its student union.

Officials unveiled Balfour Beatty as the company that will take on the work and complete the £16.4 million project, with construction due to begin in July and be finished in September 2013 in time for the start of the 2013/14 academic year. The project will see the complete refurbishment of the institute's University House, which will then be integrated into the Student's Union which itself was only built in 2010. University officials have noted that the work has been carried out in specific phases in order to ensure there is not major disruption for staff and students alike.

With the refurbishment of the latest project set to be carried out over the summer holidays, the university has been keen to ensure that students are not affected as many will be away from the institute from late June to the middle of September, while new undergraduates will not start until the same period. It comes after nearby Sheffield Hallam also announced a £25 million project aimed at revamping its own campus and improve facilities for its students by providing hi-tech surroundings for staff, undergraduates and postgraduates of the Development and Society, Health and Wellbeing faculties.

Dr Philip Harvey, Registrar and Secretary, said: "The Students' Union lies at the heart of campus life for staff and students alike and it is a pleasure to work in partnership with the Students’ Union and its officers on this next stage in its evolution.

"I am excited that the project will see a new and improved University House come together with the Students' Union in a way that will not only enhance the student experience but also the working lives of the wider University community for many years to come."

Officials have stated that this project underlines the university's commitment to providing the best possible facilities for all students who choose to come and study in Sheffield.

Contact us for a security fencing quote.ADNFCR-3337-ID-801389535-ADNFCR