One of the government's flagship Universal Technical Colleges (UTC) is set to be built after BAM Construct UK was selected as the preferred candidate to take on the development job.
The new UTC will be built in south-east London on the site of a disused Siemens factory that has been left to decay. BAM will regenerate 2,700 sq m as well as building on 2,600 sq m of vacant space in a deal worth £8.8 million. Once completed, the education centre will be named UTC Royal Borough of Greenwich, representing one of the 24 similar facilities that were outlined by chancellor George Osborne during the spring Budget in March.
It follows BAM's tradition of taking on these type of developments, after it was assigned the task of building London's first ever UTC in the final months of 2011, landing the contract for the Hackney Universal Technical College.
The site in south-east London will be able to accommodate 600 pupils, aged between 14 and 19, specialising in subjects such as engineering and construction. Officials have stated that work will start in August 2012 with a completion date set for September 2013.
Mike O'Donohoe, regional design manager of BAM, said: "This award shows we understand the specific ambitions of the UTC programme and in particular how our designs respond to the specialisms.
"Converting a former factory into a state-of-the-art education facility is a challenging job and we look forward to using our skills and experience to deliver a first class facility for the local community."
The Hackney UTC is nearing completion, with officials stating that the centre will be open in September 2012, while the Greenwich development is focusing on engineering and construction and is designed to provide a specialist service in subjects relating to health and digital technologies. Hackney, like all the proposed UTC's, is set up to allow students enrolled there to be given an education that they will help them to succeed in "tomorrow's workplace".
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