Skanska has been awarded the contract for the construction of a new campus for South Essex College.

The company has been given the task of creating the Thurrock Campus in Grays, Essex, and will begin the £33 million development straight away to ensure that it is on time to hit the expected opening date of summer 2014. The latest agreement adds to Skanska's positive month as it recently was awarded an 'Outstanding' BRE Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM) Interim Certificate - Design Stage for its work at the Brent Civic Centre in London and the company is looking to achieve the same honour at the new campus.

Construction Enquirer reported that officials have revealed that the college development will see the creation of three and four storey buildings over a 150,000 sq ft space. The company is maintaining it commitment to reducing the impact of structures on the environment and is looking to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating once the campus project is complete. Skanska is looking to install a number of energy efficient measures such as photovoltaic panels on the roof of the buildings. There will also be the facility to incorporate rainwater harvesting as well as heat source air pumps.

Skanska will be looking to achieve the same level of environmental performance that the Brent Civic Centre achieved. The company stated that the building was given both an 'A' rating certificate as well as an 85 per cent score from BREEAM.

Speaking about the building, Paul Heather, managing director, Building - London and south-east division, said: "This a fantastic achievement, not only for the project team, but Skanska as a whole. As the UK's greenest company, it is our job to set environmental precedents and this project is a great example of us doing this."

Officials at South Essex College believe that once completed the campus will be able to provide a significant boost to the local construction sector as it trains the next generation in engineering, welding, carpentry among other trades.

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