Stafford College has awarded BAM Construct UK a £13 million contract to rebuild fire-ravaged facilities at its campus.
The contractor will deliver a landmark building to include kitchens, a restaurant, library, beauty salon and other information facilities on the site of former college campus workshops.
Large parts of the workshops had been unusable since an electrical fire in April 2008 destroyed the upper part of the building, which used to house courses including motor vehicle maintenance, plumbing, construction, brickwork and carpentry.
These courses are now taught in the nearby Palmbourne Technology Centre, and the workshop building has now been demolished, along with the old print room, classrooms and former library damaged in the same fire.
BAM Construct project manager David Ellis said: “We are delighted to bring our expertise to provide progressive, contemporary and sustainable facilities for the students of Stafford College. This is an exciting project to be involved in.”
“We are proud to be making such a large investment in the town at a time when the local economy really needs support,” said Stafford College principal Steve Willis.
“We are creating stunning new facilities for students of the future but because of the fast timescale of the project, many of the students joining us this September will be among the first to benefit from the new resources.”
The new facilities have been designed to complement the listed Tenterbanks building adjacent, while remaining contemporary and sustainable.
Scheduled for completion during the summer of 2012, the project will provide state-of-the-art kitchens for hospitality students as well as new premises for the popular campus restaurant run by students.
There will also be a beauty salon open to the public, and the learning resource centre will provide library and other information facilities.
Externally landscaped spaces have been designed for student use, reflecting the high standards of energy conservation within the project.
BAM Construct UK has completed new and refurbished campuses worth more than £1.8 billion in the last five years including Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Wolverhampton Interchange and Stourbridge College which is almost complete.