MC Construction completes largest contract in its history!

A £9.5m upgrade of the building which houses the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures has been completed – MC Construction undertook the two-year project at the Samuel Alexander Building, the largest contract in the Salford company’s 46-year history.

Work began in 2015 and was carried out in phases to minimise disruption. The Grade II listed building on Oxford Road being remodelled and refurbished across all its four wings. The scheme involved refurbishing and expanding office areas, creating language hubs and common rooms, upgrading café, IT cluster, Classics wing plus one entrance, improvements to the courtyard – and replacing services such as power, heating and lighting.

The project delivery team was led by commercial director Eugene O’Callaghan, who commented:

“A major refurbishment project in a live environment presents a number of challenges. Careful planning and a great deal of hard work by our delivery teams, combined with a proactive, collaborative approach from all involved, have produced an excellent result for this landmark project.

The successful completion of this scheme strengthens our expertise in the education and commercial sectors and we are now targeting similar-sized projects as part of our ongoing expansion strategy.”

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