Overbury has been appointed as Principal Contractor on a major refurbishment project as part of Coventry University’s £60m investment in health and life sciences.

The multi-million project to transform the 100,000 sq ft building in the University’s new health and life sciences quadrant is the company’s largest higher education project in the region, having previously worked with University of Warwick, University of Birmingham and Aston University.

Account manager David Johnson said: “This is part of a major investment by the university in its health and life sciences offer and the refurbished building will complement a new-build which is currently under construction next door.

“This is a 12-month project which we will be carrying out over seven phases where we will be creating some highly-specialised teaching and research facilities whilst ensuring the building remains operational throughout so it is quite a complex Rubik’s Cube of a project.”

This is a 12-month project which we will be carrying out over seven phases where we will be creating some highly-specialised teaching and research facilities whilst ensuring the building remains operational throughout so it is quite a complex Rubik’s Cube of a project.

David Johnson, Overbury

Mark Evans, associate at Broadway Malyan, which is architect on the project and the new-build facility next door, said: “Whilst we specialise in higher education projects the Richard Crossman Refurbishment has thrown up some interesting new challenges.

“There is a significant focus on using audio-visual equipment as a learning tool and it was important that this was subtly incorporated into the design. We are also architects for the new-build facility next door and we have worked hard to make the 'look and feel' of both buildings consistent, working together as brother and sister to ensure there is no 'them and us' when the new facilities are opened to the students.”

David Soutter, from Coventry University, added: “This is part of a £60m investment in our health and life sciences facilities that will offer undergraduates and post graduates some of the best facilities anywhere in the UK.

“Overall, the University is investing £300m across the entire campus in new infrastructure and research and teaching facilities over the next ten years, as we look to cement our position as the best modern university in the country.”

The rest of the professional team is project managers Aecom, quantity surveyors Gardiner & Theobald and M&E specialists BuroHappold.