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Bam Construct wins £11m Sunderland College deal

Bam Construct has been chosen to build new art and sports facilities at Sunderland College in an £11 million deal, CN has learned.

The contractor will demolish several buildings at the Sunderland College’s Bede Campus, where it will build a new sports centre and a new visual and performing arts building.

The three-storey, 1,205 sq m sports centre will include a four-court sports hall, a fitness suite, a sports science laboratory, classrooms and changing facilities.

Also covering three storeys, the visual and performing arts building will provide facilities including a performance hall; dance and drama studios; music, photography and media classrooms; recording studios; and art facilities.

Both new buildings are targeting BREEAM Very Good ratings. Sustainability features include orientation to maximise natural light, locally sourced materials, photovoltaic panels, air-source heat pumps and natural ventilation.

Works will also include providing landscaped courts, widening a road, resurfacing part of the car park, creating a new footpath and relocating refuse facilities.

Bam Construction director Andrew Warwick said: “These buildings will provide state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for Sunderland, as well as making the Bede Campus more aesthetically pleasing and practical.

“We will also be working to ensure the project benefits the local environment, economy and community.”

Work is due to start on site next month and be completed by August 2014.

The deal follows a £26m award for Bam Construction in February to design and rebuild a primary school and 80 residential units in north-west London.

The contractor was awarded the contract for Netley Street School by the local education partnership for Camden as part of the borough’s Community Investment Programme.

Facilities will include a new foundation stage building for a new school, primary learning support services, a primary pupil referral unit and a community learning centre.

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