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Bradford College revamp enters second phase

Bradford College revamp enters second phase
Bradford College Campus is entering the second phase of a £40 million regeneration programme, as two contractors have delivered their final tenders.

Both Morgan Sindall and Bam Construct have submitted applications to take on the job of the new building, Construction Enquirer reports. College officials expect the new campus to be up and running in time for the new term in September 2014, with work on the 230,000 site to begin in the summer to ensure that it is formally opened on time and to budget.

The revamp of the Yorkshire college began in 2008 with the first phase seeing a complete regeneration of the Trinity Green campus which is now home to subjects such as engineering, construction and sport. Officials at the college will now assess the tenders drawn up by both competing parties and award the contract to whichever they seem fit so that work can get underway in the summer months.

Bam Construct already holds a portfolio of projects across the country, after completing schemes such as the Wellgate Shopping Centre in Dundee, Birley Fields in Manchester and Tower Wharf in Bristol.

Michele Sutton, OBE, Bradford College principal and chief executive, said: "Our [Bradford College] new, iconic campus will revolutionise our current estate, add to the regeneration of Bradford and provide a superb student experience. Students will benefit from the bringing together of facilities and curriculum into a single location, new styles of learning which embrace cutting edge technologies, realistic work environments that will be open to the public."

It comes after the construction of a new school in Edinburgh was given the go-ahead by the council, but faced opposition from a campaign group that had condemned the decision to build on land that it claims had "no right" to construct on. Portobello High School is set to be built on a namesake park in the Scottish capital but the Portobello Park Action Group (PPAG) had launched legal action against the city's council to prevent the work from going ahead.

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Date: 09/05/2012 16:55:13

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