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BAM to build new campus for Bradford College in UK

14 Jun 2012 (Last Updated June 14th, 2012 18:30)

BAM Construction has been selected as a contractor to carry out the £50m second phase of Bradford College's new city centre campus in West Yorkshire, UK.

BAM Construction has been selected as a contractor to carry out the £50m second phase of Bradford College’s new city centre campus in West Yorkshire, UK.

The project will be delivered by BAM Construction North East, part of the Royal BAM Group.

BAM beat off competition from rivals ISG, Laing O’Rourke, Miller, Morgan Sindall and Shepherd.

Planning approval for the project was given by Bradford Council Regulatory and Appeals Committee in May 2012 and work on the 23,000m² building will start by the end of June 2012.

Bradford College principal and chief executive Michele Sutton said the new campus will revolutionise the college’s current estate and add to the regeneration of Bradford.

"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 and opportunities to showcase learning activity through open plan areas," Sutton said.

The new campus is the second phase of Bradford College’s Accommodation Strategy and will be built to replace the Westbrook, McMillan, Appleton and Old Buildings.

Under the second phase, the main Westbrook Building will be demolished and an L-shaped campus building will be built on the Great Horton Road site.

Bradford College is planning to retain the Lister Building, the Grove Library, Bolton Royd and Trinity Green Campus.

The second phase of the project will be funded by the college in the form of a £35m bank loan provided by Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets and the European Investment Bank, and another £15m from its cash reserves.

Under the first phase, Trinity Green Campus was developed in 2008 to house the engineering, construction and sport curriculum areas.

The project is expected to open in September 2014.