As students walk through the gates for their first term at Derby’s new University Technical College (UTC), the company behind it – BAM Construction – is celebrating handing over £100 million of new buildings for the East Midlands inside just three years.

The eight new buildings handed over commenced in October 2012 when BAM completed the highly sustainable Orchard Hotel for the University of Nottingham, and followed with the multiple award-winning Derby City Council’s Civic Offices, which won BAM’s Steve Roome (from Derby) the UK Construction Manager of the Year Award.

Since then it has added six more structures to the list, including schools in Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby, and most recently a second UTC, at Burton and South Derbyshire, completed in September. The education sector – in which BAM is an established market leader – also saw it deliver NUAST (Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology).

The most unusual contract was BAM’s work at East Midlands Airport, near Kegworth, where a series of facilities and alterations were required.

Rod Stiles, Director of BAM in the Midlands, said: “It has been a busy few years for us across the East Midlands and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed contributing so many new structures to the communities here.

“It says something about us that we’ve been able to create offices, schools, hotels, and airport facilities within those three years. These are very different challenges. And we’re proud to have handed over our schemes on budget for our clients.”

Mr Stiles added, “As a result of these eight schemes, which total around £100 million, and our policy of procuring our labour and materials as locally as we can, we’ve been able to channel back well over £30 million pounds in local orders. The CBI tells us that a pound spent on construction generates three more in knock-on spending for local economies. That’s a powerful and valuable effect.”