Bam Construction has been awarded the first of the government’s 24 technical colleges announced in this year’s budget.
The £2.4 million deal will be to refurbish, fit out and extend an existing building as well as create additional space within the Hackney Community College campus, for a state-of-the-art facility for the new UTC.
The UTC offers 14-19-year-olds a specialist course of study designed in partnership with employers, skills sector agencies and universities. Hackney, which will specialise in digital and health technologies, is part of a batch of three schemes procured through Partnerships for Schools’ academies framework.
BAM will commence dialogue with the other two UTCs in the batch –Greenwich and Southwark – early in the New Year.
The contractor will start on site in Hackney in February and will complete in time for UTC’s opening in September 2012.
Pupils at secondary schools in the Hackney area will be offered site visits during the construction phase.
BAM frameworks director Keith Rayner said: “We are delighted to have secured the first UTC contract through the academies framework. This shows we have understood the unique aims of Hackney UTC and are able to support the college’s development of these aims.”
Annie Blackmore, appointed head teacher added: “The Hackney UTC is a really important development for young people in Hackney. BAM was appointed as they clearly demonstrated how they would deliver a state-of-the-art building that would match the high-end technology that the learners will use.”