Durham University, where Ian Baggett studied 20 years ago, appointed Brims Construction to refurbish the seminar rooms and lecture theatres at the Geography West building, as well as partial re-roofing of the structure.
With work already underway on the site, the alterations are due to be finished by September 2016 in preparation for the new academic year.
The refurbishment will improve both the research and teaching facilities providing an enhanced experience for students and staff by providing state-of-the-art facilities.
This is the third time that Brims Construction has worked on refurbishment projects at Durham University; previous work includes the updating of student accommodation at St John’s College and renovating the dining and kitchen facilities at Collingwood College.
Mr Baggett said: “This is an amazing department and an amazing Uni. My years there as both an undergrad and postgrad were completely formative.
“When I learned that my partners in Brims had won this project, I returned with a sense of ironic sentimentality. It is of course only fitting that the department chose a business they helped create to carry out this project!”
Professor Mike Crang, head of Geography at Durham University said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Ian Baggett back to the Geography department. His undergraduate dissertation on student housing paved the way for his successful empire while his postgraduate work opened up a world of opportunities here and in the Far East.
“We are very pleased to be working with him again and we are sure that other students will be inspired by his drive and determination.”
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