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College helps boost local employment

Boosting local jobs. From left: Julian Baker, Ellis Williams Architecture - David Wood, Principal of LMC - Brian Jefferson, Chair of Governors LMC - Phil Shepherd, Project Manager Kier Construction - John Kirton, Governor, LMC).

Boosting local jobs. From left: Julian Baker, Ellis Williams Architecture - David Wood, Principal of LMC - Brian Jefferson, Chair of Governors LMC - Phil Shepherd, Project Manager Kier Construction - John Kirton, Governor, LMC).

A building project has secured additional funding, bringing a welcome boost to the construction trade in the local area.

The building project at Lancaster & Morecambe College has secured an additional £1.5 million grant from the National Skills Funding Agency.

This will allow the college to invest additional funds into the second phase of the project which will see the continued modernisation of the campus facilities.

The project to update the Morecambe Road site, of which the first phase is nearing completion, is worth a total of £15 Million. With the college pledging to keep as much of the business as possible local, this additional funding will bring a much needed boost to the local economy.

So far the college has worked with Kier Construction, the main contractors for the site, to encourage local business to bid for work on the project.

A ‘Meet the Buyers’ event was held in October and Phil Shepherd, site manager, has attended local Chamber of Commerce events to promote opportunities to work on the build. This has resulted in Four Man Joinery – a local company – being awarded a contract on the build.

This new phase of the project will see the redevelopment and re-cladding of existing buildings including a new rear entrance to the college and the refurbishment of the ground floor, to create exemplary catering and social facilities for staff and students.

Lancaster & Morecambe College has also been working with Ellis Williams Architects to put together a masterplan to redevelop the entire Morecambe Road site over the next ten years continuing the investment in new facilities for staff, students and the community and bringing new jobs to the local area.

As well as success in education design, Ellis Williams has also completed a wide range of award-winning projects for the arts, leisure and commercial sectors including the iconic Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery in Gateshead and more recently the Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli and National BMX Centre in Manchester, both Team GB Centres of Excellence for London 2012.

Julian Baker, project director, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this great opportunity to assist Lancaster & Morecambe College realise their new vision for the campus providing inspirational first class facilities for all.”

 

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