Work Set to Begin on New Advanced Technology Centre

Dan Wells – Turner & Townsend Project Manager  Jon Marshall – Turner & Townsend Cost Manager  Ronan O’Beirne – Project Sponsor & Director of Learning Development & Research  Andy Welsh – CEO Bradford College BAM Construction  Jonathan Conway – Senior Site Manager BAM Construction  Jason Pink – Construction Manager  Kerry Marshall – Turner & Townsend Project Manager

Work is set to begin on Bradford College’s new state-of-the-art £10 million Advanced Technology Centre, which forms part of an accommodation strategy, designed to create one of the leading colleges in the UK.

The accommodation strategy has seen the College campus transformed to enhance the learning and teaching experience, with a number of new state-of-the-art buildings. These include the development of the Trinity Green Campus in 2008, The David Hockney Building in September 2014 and the new Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) in September 2015. 

Commissioned by the College and financed by the Skills Funding Agency, the three-story 3,600m2 technology building will be built on the Alexandra car park, adjacent to the College’s main Great Horton Road Campus  and will have the capacity for 650 students.

"BAM will work hard and use all our skills to ensure the Advanced Technology Centre benefits students, lecturers and the wider community for many years to come."

Jason Pink, BAM Construction Manager

BAM Construction has been officially announced as the appointed contractor to lead on the development of the new multi-million pound campus.

BAM Construction Manager Jason Pink said: "We are delighted to be working on another part of Bradford College's ambitious and progressive development plans.

"Having built a good working relationship with the College and our suppliers on the new campus project, we look forward to taking this momentum into the latest scheme.

"BAM will work hard and use all our skills to ensure the Advanced Technology Centre benefits students, lecturers and the wider community for many years to come."

BAM will engage with Bradford College students during the construction project to ensure it maximises the benefits of the scheme to the community.

“Bradford College, a major provider of education and a key player in the city's economy, is moving forward with a new Advanced Technology Centre."

Ronan O'Beirne, Director of Learning, Development and Research

As part of the new build agreement with Bradford College, BAM has committed to use as many local suppliers and sub-contractors as possible during the one year project. The use of local workers during the construction development will be a significant source of local employment and will greatly benefit the local economy.

“The Advanced Technology Centre will support skills and knowledge development across the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths disciplines. It will play an important role in the future prosperity of the region, meeting Local Enterprise Partnership priorities."

Stephanie Tinsley, Interim Vice Principal Further Education

Commenting on the technology building, Ronan O'Beirne, Director of Learning, Development and Research said: “Bradford College, a major provider of education and a key player in the city's economy, is moving forward with a new Advanced Technology Centre due to open in September 2015. The Centre will offer students the opportunity to develop skills in advanced technologies such as Robotics and 3D Printing. It will also provide a key link with established businesses and start-ups.” 

Stephanie Tinsley, Interim Vice Principal Further Education added: “The Advanced Technology Centre will support skills and knowledge development across the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths disciplines. It will play an important role in the future prosperity of the region, meeting Local Enterprise Partnership priorities via a focussed curriculum that will develop skills where there is currently a shortage. We will offer a dynamic, innovative portfolio of high quality learning and services responsive to the needs of students, employers and the community, grounded in the world of work.”

The new eco-friendly campus, designed by architect Matthew Hutton, will feature solar panels, a bio-diverse roof and super-efficient plant, putting the building on track to achieve Excellent rating through sustainability scheme BREEAM.

Speaking on behalf of Bond Bryan Architects, Matthew Hutton said: “We’re pleased to continue working with Bradford College and to get the commission to carry on working on the education campus as we know how important it is to the City of Bradford.  It’s nice to do the gateway building in what is going to be the new Bradford College campus.”

To get involved in this development or to find out more please contact: Ronan O'Beirne, Director of Learning, Development and Research at Bradford College [email protected]

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