PORTSMOUTH construction firm Warings has won a deal to build one of Southampton’s most distinctive new buildings.
Warings Contractors, which is building the new museum to house the Mary Rose, as well as extending the Lakeside Business Park in North Harbour, will construct the 15-storey Southampton Gateway, pictured.
It is a mixed-use development at one of the main entrances to the city.
As well as having 364 student bedrooms, which will be let to the University of Southampton, it has a medical centre, a pharmacy and four shops.
The contract also includes the resurfacing of Parkville Road and work on the Market Buildings car park.
Work to prepare the Swaythling site is under way, with the main building works scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2014.
Warings is working with Bouygues Development on the project. Both are part of Bouygues Construction, a global construction firm based in France.
The award of the contract follows closely on the heels of an announcement that Warings is to build Portsmouth’s own version of The Shard tower in London.
It will be built in The Hard, on the site of the run-down Brunel House, and will also feature student accommodation, as well as a hotel and apartments.
Warings’ managing director, Philippe Jouy, said: ‘Warings is proud to be delivering yet another of the region’s most high profile projects.
‘This development promises huge benefits for the community and fantastic quality accommodation for the students as well as a truly impressive new gateway to the city.’
The overall development value of the scheme is being forward-funded by a client of Rockspring Property Investment Managers.
Bouygues Development managing director, Nicolas Guerin, said: ‘Bouygues Development is delighted to be taking forward the first of what we hope will be many developments in Southampton.
‘We are looking forward to seeing the building progress as it is an important investment in these difficult market conditions in Southampton.’
Warings is also going to be building the Admiral Quay development in Ocean Village, which will include one of the tallest towers in the south.