Morgan Sindall welcomes student builders for a tour of Kings Lynn Police Station site
Construction students and lecturers from the College of West Anglia (CWA) have taken part in a special visit to Kings Lynn Police Station, where Morgan Sindall is delivering a major refurbishment to the Grade II listed building.
Morgan Sindall welcomed the students and lecturers to the site as part of an event to explore careers in construction and show the group the complex refurbishment project in action.
The £3.1 million project for The Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk is underway and will be completed in three phases. During the first phase of works, the project team will demolish the rear part of the building to install a two-storey temporary accommodation unit for the 150 staff based at the station.
After the first phase of work, the firm will complete demolition works and then construct an atrium at the rear of the building, forming a new staff entrance. The team will also deliver a new staircase, storage facilities, a new lift shaft and internal refurbishment works.
Due to the listed status of the existing police station, Morgan Sindall will install new windows in keeping with the original design and main façade of the building. The company will also restore the original clock tower which is currently not in use.
During the visit, the students, who are studying Construction in the Built Environment, took part in a talk led by Morgan Sindall Project Manager Tom Wilson and Contracts Manager Scott Savory. The pair outlined the work Morgan Sindall is doing to refurbish the Grade II listed police station and explored the project lifecycle from bid stage to completion. Morgan Sindall’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador Tom Johnson also talked to the students about careers in construction and the variety of roles available at Morgan Sindall.
Jane Burton, Course Director at CWA said: "This is quite an event for us! This sort of visit is extremely important as all our students are from different backgrounds. It’s a great opportunity to see different aspects of construction and today we've seen from bid, through to build. Being able to visit a complex project like this gives the students exposure to challenges they simply wouldn't see on a new build. It's so good to come on site and experience this support from Morgan Sindall."
Chloe Hewett, a student who took part in the event, said: "It was very informative and good to see the works happening on site."
Saul Humphrey, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s East Anglia region, said: “Site visits like this can help to inspire and encourage young people and show them the varied and exciting career prospects that construction has to offer. We’re committed to doing what we can to nurture the next generation and help to plug the skills gap facing the industry. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the New Anglian LEP and Building Growth as well as schools and colleges in the region to open up the industry and promote the opportunities available.”
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