A ceremony has been held (Friday 5th June) in Newton Abbot to mark progress on the town’s new University Technical College.
Anne Marie Morris MP, who was re-elected as MP for Newton Abbot, Ian Crews the Principal Designate of the new South Devon UTC and Professor Janice Kay, Provost Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter performed a “topping out” of the £10.5 million new building.
Ms Morris tightened a golden bolt on the four-storey UTC roof to signify BAM Construction having reached full height for the state-of-the-art specialist water engineering, science and environmental teaching facilities.
BAM has used the build programme to offer some additional learning support in the area. It has conducted mock interviews for students at TQ12 and Coombeshead Academy, has apprentices on site, and is helping apprentices gain experience in brickwork and carpentry.
BAM demolished existing buildings and remediated the Kingsteignton Road site in Newton Abbot before works began on the brownfield site to build a four-storey building on a split-level former garage site. A retaining wall divides the site in two, with one section 4m higher than the other. The undercroft was constructed on the lower land and this will be used to house the building services plant.
We are Britain’s leading contractor in the UTC programme. This reflects our ability to deliver not only an efficient education building, but one that reflects a proper understanding of what each client wants and needs from the space they will occupy for many years. That requires listening very carefully, and truly engaging with them about how they will use the building. From that good partnerships grow, and I’m pleased that is our experience here in Newton Abbot.” Graham Kingdon, construction director for BAM Construction