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Construction jobs boost at college

From left, Julian Baker of Ellis Williams Architecture, David Wood, principal of Lancaster and Morecambe College, Brian Jefferson, the college's chair of governors, Phil Shepherd, project manager at Kier Construction and John Kirton, Governor, college governor.

From left, Julian Baker of Ellis Williams Architecture, David Wood, principal of Lancaster and Morecambe College, Brian Jefferson, the college's chair of governors, Phil Shepherd, project manager at Kier Construction and John Kirton, Governor, college governor.

A £15m revamp of Lancaster and Morecambe College has received a new cash injection, boosting the local construction trade.

With the first phase of the scheme, nearing completion.bosses have secured an additional £1.5m grant from the National Skills Funding Agency, enabling the college to plough more cash into the second phase of the project.

Following a ‘Meet the Buyers’ event and work to promote building opportunities at Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce events, Lancaster-based Four Man Joinery has won the contract to carry out the work on the Morecambe Road site.

The college had pledged to keep as much of the business as possible local, working with Kier Construction, the main contractors for the site, to encourage local business to bid for work on the project.

The second phase of the work will see the redevelopment and re-cladding of existing buildings including a new rear entrance to the college.

The ground floor will be refurbished to create exemplary catering and social facilities for staff and students.

The college has also been working with Ellis Williams Architects to put together a master-plan to redevelop the entire site over the next 10 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 completed award-winning projects for the arts, leisure and commercial sectors including the iconic Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery in Gateshead and the Team GB Centres of Excellence for London 2012.

 

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