The contract for one of the biggest construction projects of recent years, the £150m phase two of Ulster University’s new Belfast campus, will be carried out by a joint venture comprising Lagan Construction Group and Portuguese firm Somague Group.
Construction on the overall £250 million, 75,000 square metre Belfast campus began in 2014 and is expected to complete in 2018.
It is currently the largest building project in the province and phase two will see two new blocks developed on York Street, directly opposite the existing campus building.
Both companies have collectively delivered significant capital development and infrastructure projects in health, retail, residential and civil infrastructure sectors.
“At a crucial time for Ulster University and for the higher education sector, today’s announcement brings us a step closer to realising our plans to deliver a modern, first class teaching and learning environment which the people of Northern Ireland deserve and can be truly proud of,” said UU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alastair Adair.
“By 2018, over 15,000 students and staff will bring the new campus to life, bringing much needed regeneration to this area of the city.
“Not only will the positive impact on higher education be felt for generations to come, but the impact on the economy, particularly in terms of the construction sector will be invaluable with over 5,000 construction jobs supported during the project build and fit out period.”
Colin Loughran, CEO of the Lagan Construction Group said: “In a competitive market, Lagan Construction Group is delighted to have secured this project and to have forged a partnership with one of Europe’s largest construction companies, Somague.
“This is a landmark build in a key part of the city and one which will shape both the community and the construction sector for years to come.”
Rui Vieira de Sá, president of the Somague Group said: “This is our first partnership with a Northern Ireland construction company and we believe that this joint venture can deliver significant benefits to both Ulster University and the wider construction sector.
“We look forward to commencing what is an exciting large scale project for the people of Northern Ireland.”
Last year, the university announced that it had secured a £150m loan for the build.