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8th February 2021
College construction projects are due to benefit from increased capital investment by the Government, and with the value of further education projects securing planning approval during 2018 and 2019 being 46% up on the preceding two years (Glenigan Construction Forecast), 2021 is expected to be a good year for College construction project-starts.
Here we look at the top 5 College construction projects (by total project value) due to start on-site this year, for a taster of what’s to come.
£100 million, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
The £100 million project for the School of Public Health, Imperial College London (Project ID: 17449495) will provide co-location facilities that support collaboration, innovation, and the sharing of ideas between Imperial College students and academic community, businesses, and partners from government and the local community. The School of Public Health will occupy the building up to level seven, which will include two floors of teaching space and five floors of offices and meeting rooms for staff. The basement will be for plant, bike storage and changing rooms. At ground floor level there will be shared space with open-plan meeting areas. John Graham Construction is due to start at the beginning of April and is expected to take 24 months to complete.
£84 million, Northern Regional College, Northern Ireland
The £84 million redevelopment of the Northern Regional College project (Project ID: 19037341) will deliver state of the art campuses on the current sites in Union Street, Coleraine and Farm Lodge, Ballymena. Heron Bros Ltd is due to start work on the new four-storey campus in May and it is expected to take 27 months to complete.
£9.7 million, North Kent College, Dartford
The £9.7 million North Kent College will provide a new Performing and Production Digital Arts Facility at the college’s Dartford campus. The construction will deliver a new high-quality two-storey building containing 2,836 sqm of educational floorspace, including a performance venue, dance studios, music performance spaces, digital design classrooms and workshops, and a new food court and social zone serving the whole College campus. The project started last month and is due for completion in February next year.
£8.7 million, Swindon College Redevelopment
The £8.7 million Swindon College redevelopment (Project ID: 20354433) will deliver a new Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (IoT) from the existing campus buildings to facilitate collaborative, industry-relevant teaching. The new IoT will provide agile learning environments including state of the art open plan engineering workshops and cyber suites. A new entrance plaza, reception area, and repairs to the existing structure, plus replacement of all existing external glazing will also form part of the redevelopment. The main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland told us the project will start later this year and that it is expected to take 12 months to complete.
£6 million, Northwood College Extension, Hillingdon
The £6 million, development at Northwood College (Project ID: 18405573) will add a new 3-storey science and sixth form centre onto the existing car park at the college. The new science centre will include nine state-of-the-art science laboratories, one junior laboratory, cutting edge equipment and bright & naturally lit classrooms. The development has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating. The project started last month and is due to take 16 months to complete.
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