Can you build it? New £9m Sunderland University business centre to create 650jobs

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A CONTRACT is up for grabs to build a £9million business centre at the University of Sunderland which will create 650 jobs.

The university is on the hunt for firms to deliver several projects making up a multimillion pound revamp of its estate.

Projects will vary from refurbishment of existing buildings to new builds, ranging in construction value from £1.5m to £10m, across the St Peter’s and Chester Road campuses.

The main part of the project is the planned Enterprise and Innovation Centre which is expected to attract and create more than 120 businesses.

University bosses hope that five firms will successfully win the contracts to develop what they say will be “an entrepreneurial university city at the heart of a low carbon regional economy”.

Firms have until September 22 to make their initial bids for the contracts, which will build on £130million invested in the university’s buildings over the last 20 years.

A university spokesman said: “The university is searching for a construction partner for the next phase of development in its estate and facilities, building on the £130million invested to date.”

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“The £9million Sunderland Enterprise and Innovation Centre on the City Campus is likely to be the first project under this phase of development, for which £3.5m of Growth Deal funding through the North East LEP was recently announced.

“Further investments in the growth areas of Science, Advanced Manufacturing and Creative Industries are also expected over the development period. Work is in progress to secure the funding needed to deliver the programme.”

The university also has several other construction projects in the pipeline, subject to funding, which include the £3.5m next phase of the redevelopment of the Sciences Complex, development of an Advanced Manufacturing Centre, costing £7million, and facilities for creative and cultural activities, expected to cost £5million.

Interested parties will need £10million in professional indemnity insurance to pre-qualify for the framework and pre-qualification questionnaires can be found at text

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