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THE west wing of the University of Portsmouth’s Eldon Building is to be built by national construction firm Morgan Sindall.

The £9m deal will see a 13,454 sq ft five-storey extension of the existing building, which is on Middle Street, providing a new gallery, as well as social, learning and teaching areas for students studying in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

The building has been designed by designed by architects Penoyre & Prasad, and will feature a variety of building styles and material including natural stone, brickwork, and exposed concrete columns.

It will be eco-friendly, with the use of lots of daylight, natural ventilation and the use of a ground source heat pump.

Paul Gale, area director for Morgan Sindall, says: ‘We’re pleased to be starting work on this key project for the university.

‘The diverse range of building styles and techniques is designed to inspire the students and reflect the creative nature of the Eldon extension.’

Construction of the extension is due to be completed in May 2013.