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Morgan Sindall to construct landmark sustainable centre for environmental technologies in Kent

Morgan Sindall to construct landmark sustainable centre for environmental technologies in Kent

Morgan Sindall has won a £4.2 million contract to construct a state-of-the-art sustainable centre which will offer training across the field of green technology at East Kent College.

The development is the first of its kind in Kent, and will comprise the construction of a new two-storey building which will house the Centre for Environmental Technologies at the college.

The new centre is due to open in September 2013 and was procured via the iESE (Improvement and Efficiency South East) framework. The centre has been designed with flexible workshops and teaching spaces, which can be easily adapted to accommodate the future education and training needs of students.

Graham Razey, Principal of East Kent College, said: “We are delighted that this important development has been given the go ahead. The new centre will put East Kent College centre stage to deliver leading-edge education and training in environmental technologies.

“This will allow people in East Kent to take advantage of real employment opportunities within a rapidly growing sector with local companies such as the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, Thanet Earth, the proposed ‘green’ power park at Richborough and, more specifically, the Green Deal.”

The new building will showcase renewable technologies in action and is on track to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Excellent.
Sustainable features include a small wind turbine, photo voltaic cells (solar panels), biomass heating, a geothermal heat pump, rainwater harvesting and the maximisation of natural daylight.

David Sershall, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this landmark project. The field of sustainable technology is a rapidly growing sector and the Morgan Sindall team is looking forward to bringing their significant experience and expertise in this area to bear on this exciting project.” 

The field of Environmental Technologies is a specialist area of focus for East Kent College and the new centre will enhance the college’s existing technology curriculum, while creating a purpose-built specialist space to cater for new qualifications brought in by the college. These include sustainable construction, micro-generation (solar and wind), hybrid and electric vehicle technology and energy conservation.

The project is being developed in response to significant local ‘green’ training opportunities and goes hand in hand with the Government’s recognition for the need to develop a workforce with real expertise and skills in the renewable sector.

The state-of-the-art facilities are also designed to offer higher-level apprenticeships in science and technology, linked to the emerging training needs of the companies establishing themselves at the ‘Discovery Park’ in Sandwich.

The project team includes architect HNW, quantity surveyors and project managers Davis Langdon, engineers Campbell Reith and M&E consultants, Hilson Moran.

The Improvement and Efficiency South East (iESE) framework is available for use by public sector organisations to procure major building works across a large swathe of the region. Its geographical reach runs from Central Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire and encompasses London and the South East, from Dorset to Kent.

Morgan Sindall has been appointed on all four frameworks bands (projects ranging in value from £1 million up to £3 million, from £3 million up to £10 million, from £10 million up to £25 million and £25 million and over) and will compete with seven other contractors on the four-year framework. Projects include the full spectrum of new build and refurbishment schemes.

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Pictured: An artist's impression of the development at East Kent College

For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email Cobban@paversmith.co.uk