Forrest has been named as one of the selected partners to deliver a programme of minor repair and new build works for Durham University.

The preferred contractors have been split into two panels, one governing a term service contract for jobs up to £1m and a framework contract for works from £500,000- £4m.

The Bolton based contractor is one of the eight partners to undertake projects with a value of £500k to £4m over the four year framework.

Durham plans to spend up to £5m each year through the term service panel of firms and around £12m annually through the minor works framework.

In total, the University estate comprises around 300 buildings across the City and beyond.

The contracts will be also be utilised by Newcastle University for its planned improvement and upkeep programme. This is estimated to run at £5m a year through the term service contract and up to £20m a year through the minor work framework.