Plans have been approved to develop a major new campus in the heart of Worcestershire which will provide a new learning facility for students around the region.

The Habberley Learning Campus will cost £22 million to construct and is part of a significant venture to improve educational facilities in Worcestershire. The development will also consist of the creation of a new school and signals the biggest project to date to be taken by the developer in question. Passivhaus will be the driving force behind the project and will also be helped by another firm that will complete the construction process and be able to deliver the development on time and within budget.

Officials have stated that the site in question, which is already occupied by Baxter College and St John's Primary School, will be completely renovated and developed to meet the current demands of the education sector. Alongside this, there will be the creation of the new Wyre Forest Special School which will be part of a combined of the three institutes to promote integration and collaboration between the users and a share of facilities.

Working alongside Passivhaus will be small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) building contractor Speller Metcalfe after it secured the contract as part of the West Midlands Contractor Framework. The company beat off competition from a wide range of firms to land the deal and has already spoke of its pleasure at receiving the opportunity to work on this development.

Steve Speller, joint managing director at Speller Metcalfe, said: “Following a successful design stage contract between ourselves and the Council, we have been working to BIM Level 2 to aid in the achievement of stringent Passivhaus targets. Not only is this the first project of its kind in Worcestershire, but also a fantastic opportunity for us an SME to deliver our expertise on such a large-scale project."

Work is due to begin on the site in October 2012 with officials giving a completion date of 2014 when pupils will begin their education in new surroundings.

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