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Morgan Sindall appointed to £6.6 million Northbrook College refurbishment

Morgan Sindall has won a £6.6 million contract to transform Northbrook College’s West Durrington campus in Worthing.

The work will change the face of the college with the project team building a new entrance area to the educational facility and a new drama block. Morgan Sindall will also be constructing a new exhibition space, a state-of-the-art library and a refectory.

The new entrance development will be spread across three storeys and will include an atrium. The atrium will benefit from natural light and ventilation - creating a bright, stimulating and open space for students to enjoy. Construction work is already underway to transform the current facilities and upgrade the student’s learning environment. The new drama block will provide students with a great learning facility and space to hone and showcase their talents. These two new build projects will run concurrently.

The project for the college will be spread over a number of phases and is due to complete in the Autumn of 2015. Once the facilities are completed under the first phase, students will relocate to the new building.

Phase two of the project will see the project team refurbish the existing, vacated facilities creating a new, modern studio and performing space.

Andrew Stowell, Head of Learner Services and Marketing, at Northbrook College, said: “This further phased building project is a testament to the defining role that skills are playing in the country’s recovery from downturn, with investment in local education and training poised to help drive economic growth in the area. Worthing will benefit from outstanding facilities and will support our qualitative teaching at our University Centre Campus.”

The project is targeting a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) Excellent rating. The building is designed so that the windows, floors and walls are all able to collect, store and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and to reject solar heat gain in the summer. It also contains photovoltaic panels, which will convert sunlight into electricity.

Dave Cook, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “Northbrook College provides first-rate further education and the works Morgan Sindall is completing at the college will be of real benefit to both students and staff.

“The work our team is delivering will have a lasting impact on the area’s educational offering and will give the college a new lease of life and provide great resources for students.”

The project is taking place in a live college environment in the city centre and the project team has implemented a number of procedures in order to make sure the construction process runs smoothly. These include installing a traffic management system as well as timing deliveries to ensure minimum disruption to the college.

The project follows Morgan Sindall’s recent completion of a £6.6 million project for the University of Sussex, where the company successfully delivered the £5 million Northfield – Phase 3 student accommodation development and a £1.6 million child care facility.

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For more information about this news release please contact Annie Murray at Paver Smith on 0151-239-5000 or alternatively e-mail murray@paversmith.co.uk