Residents in Somerset and North Somerset have three new – and very different - buildings at their disposal, thanks to two years of hard work from major contractor, BAM Construction.

BAM has completed Blackbrook Pool in Taunton, a new secure healthcare facility in Wellington, and the new North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) in Weston-super-Mare.

Collectively the new buildings represent around £40 million of investment in the leisure, health and education sectors.

“These are very different buildings in design and use. A leisure building such as Blackbrook Pool is going to be used by the local community both young and old, while a modern education establishment like NSETC needs to be quite high-tech because children learn in a totally different way now to how my generation did. Even more different is our secure mental health building for Montpelier Estates in Wellington, because the tranquility and care required for treating mental illness is a totally separate concept. These very distinct construction challenges can only be met by a skilled and experienced workforce, with a well-developed local supply chain.”

Nick Goff

BAM’s Regional Director for the Western Region

BAM has now been based in its current Bristol headquarters for over 50 years and has developed a supply chain across each county within the West Country and South Wales. The company has delivered a stream of buildings within the county in recent years. These include the Arts House for Somerset College, the Performing Arts Centre for Bridgwater College, Taunton Academy, The Jubilee Building at Musgrove Park Hospital, and two new high schools in Bridgwater, Chilton Trinity and Robert Blake and Elmwood.

The company has two new schemes starting for Kingfisher Primary School in Lufton, and a headquarters office scheme for the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton.

“Our local people and knowledge is complemented by a depth of experience across the UK and across the world. Our success is based around our non-contractual, collaborative and problem-solving culture, which is not always common in the construction sector. This is one factor behind our success in Somerset and our record turnover for 2015.”

Nick Goff

BAM’s Regional Director for the Western region