Construction is to create facilities for Elutec, a new university technical

college for East London and Essex. The

contractor will refurbish and extend an existing building in Rainham, Essex,

for the UTC under a £4.5 million deal. Specialising

in engineering, manufacturing and design, the UTC will offer 14 to 19

year olds a technical education that meets the needs of modern employers. Sponsor

Ford Motor Company has facilities next to the UTC and uses another part of the

same building to train its apprentices in the Centre for Engineering and

Manufacturing Excellence. CEME is also a sponsor, along with University College

London and Prospects Learning Foundation. BAM

education framework manager Stephen McMeekin said: ‘This will be a very

impressive facility for pupils wishing to learn in a professional and practical

manner about engineering and manufacturing. ‘BAM

is delighted to continue to use its skills and experience to create much-needed

modern education facilities during a period of economic difficulty.’ Newly

appointed Elutec Principal Mrs Ruth Umerah said: ‘Elutec will be a fantastic

new education offering for young people who enjoy design, engineering and

technology.  ‘The

designs for the extension to the existing facility are exciting and appropriate

for such a bright new UTC.  It is fitting that the project will be

delivered by an organisation with current experience of UTCs.’ BAM

is due to start on site later this year, with the facility due to be open by October

2014. The

architect is Scott Brownrigg with BAM Design providing structural design and

QODA providing M&E design. BAM

won the right to negotiate the Elutec project when it secured the £9m Cambridge

UTC project in May. The

contractor has secured a number of education projects in the South East,

including Bucks UTC, Aylesbury Vale Academy, Berryfields Primary and Nursery

School, and Ark Primary in Middlesex.