Kier has been appointed by York St John University to deliver a £13m new Creative Centre at its Lord Mayor’s Walk campus in York City Centre.
The Centre has been designed with sustainability and adaptability in mind to cater for students’ needs, community use and the evolution of the University’s curriculum. Kier will deliver a 210-seat auditorium wrapped in pre-fabricated timber, a three-storey teaching block and 2,600m² of flexible, specialist teaching space.
A new 550m² atrium, with a glass and timber roof to allow natural daylight to enter the building, will act as an exhibition space, teaching space and theatre foyer to host lectures and performances.
The facility is due to be completed in the summer of 2021.
Phil McDowell, regional director at Kier Regional Building Northern, said: “We’re pleased to be delivering this important project for York St John University which is being constructed in response to the university’s growing demand for creative subjects. We have a wealth of experience in delivering educational facilities and look forward to working with the university to create the Centre.”
Rob Hickey, Chief Operating Officer at York St John University said: “The Creative Centre is at the heart of our long-term strategy to be a sustainable, future-focused University that works in partnership with the community. This build will be fantastic for our students and support their employability in creative and tech subjects. This is vital for the region’s economic future as we look beyond the impact of the pandemic. We’re delighted to partner with Kier, having been impressed by their strong track record of projects in the education sector.”
This latest win for Kier reinforces its position as a leading provider of educational facilities. It has recently handed over Dixons Sixth Form Academy in Bradford, creating much-needed education facilities in the area.