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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 15 March 2010

Construction of new £70 million Ayr Campus boosting local economy

THE construction of University of the West of Scotland’s new £70 million Ayr Campus is resulting in a major boost for the local economy, with over 25% of the project’s workforce living in Ayrshire.

[Pictured: Artist’s impression of how University of the West of Scotland’s new £70 million Ayr Campus will look on completion. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The construction of the University’s 18,000m2 campus next to the River Ayr is being undertaken by Bovis Lend Lease UK.

Bovis Lend Lease has over 150 people currently working on the project, with around 40 of the workforce living in Ayrshire. When the project reaches its peak in the autumn it is expected that 450 people will be on site, and it is anticipated that this will also result in a rise in the number of those living in Ayrshire working on the project.

This development also sees Bovis Lend Lease utilising a number of local suppliers providing Ayrshire’s economy with a further boost. This includes Dundonald based Hallyards Quarry and Hillhouse Quarry which are supplying all stone and concrete for the external works and the new roads.

The Campus is being developed in partnership with the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), who will join UWS on the site. Shared facilities will include teaching and learning spaces, gym, refectory, library, music and drama studios and computing labs.

The new Campus is part of the University’s £250million development programme, and replaces its existing campus on the edge of the estate. It will create an innovative learning environment for over 4000 students.

Professor Seamus McDaid, Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: “We are delighted that construction of our new Ayr campus is providing a boost to the local economy. Once completed, this development will not only continue to result in huge benefits to Ayrshire, but also to the West of Scotland as a whole.

“This unique campus facility will enable us to expand our course provision, and develop an international dimension to our operations in Ayr with a campus that will attract students from across the globe.”

Norman Smith, Bovis Lend Lease project manager, said: “We are committed to using local labour and materials wherever possible, and contribute towards a sustainable local economy in every location we build in. We expect to see an increase in the number of local and regional people working on site as the project progresses, and we will continue to take advantage of materials sourced locally and from the wider region.”

University of the West of Scotland, Scotland’s biggest modern university, caters for almost 20,000 students and 2,000 staff with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. The University’s new campus is scheduled for opening in September 2011.

The new campus, which has been developed in consultation with the Natural Garden Society, Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, will provide Ayrshire with one of the UK’s most modern, environmentally friendly and sustainable Higher Education learning environments.

The new building is designed to the highest environmental rating – BREEAM Excellent (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) – adopting sustainable strategies within the design and operation of the new building. BREEAM is aimed at encouraging sustainable development and high environmental standards in the performance and use of buildings through a standard performance assessment method. The BREEAM score allows the measurement of environmental impact of a development throughout both its construction and use.

Bovis Lend Lease is one of the UK’s leading construction and project management companies and has a strong track record of delivering landmark projects. The company offers a growing range of sector skills from the mainstream commercial and retail markets to leisure, pharmaceuticals, airports and public private partnerships. Bovis Lend Lease UK has recently been involved in a number of flagship projects including Central Manchester University Hospitals, the Broadgate Tower and the Ministry of Defence’s Single Living Accommodation Modernisation programme (SLAM). In Scotland, Bovis Lend Lease has successfully delivered projects including the BBC’s Scottish headquarters at Pacific Quay, Glasgow; Silverburn, Scotland’s largest purpose built shopping centre, and 12 schools within South Lanarkshire Council’s Primary Schools Modernisation Programme. Bovis Lend Lease has established a number of joint venture partnerships to plan, project-manage and deliver regeneration schemes around the world and we are committed to being a sustainable organisation, both in what we do and what we build. More information on Bovis Lend Lease’s projects and programmes can be found at

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