Bam wins £24m net-zero college job

Bam has landed a £24m contract to redevelop Fred Longworth Excessive Faculty in Wigan, Higher Manchester.

The contract was received via the Division for Training’s (DfE) high-value framework.

The mission will contain constructing a brand new three-storey educating block, tearing down the prevailing college and creating new pitches for sports activities. It should enhance the varsity’s capability from 1,275 to 1,350 pupils.

The contractor mentioned one problem on web site might be to create a brand new overlay on the present campus whereas the varsity continued to function.

The plan is to retain three current buildings and make use of intelligence sequencing to do that nicely. Bam may also construct a part of the varsity over the Hindsford Brook culvert, which implies the primary sewer should be diverted as a part of the enabling works.

The varsity might be web zero in operation. As a part of making the location extra sustainable, the contractor will enhance storage options, in order that deliveries might be minimised and carbon emissions managed.

Bam mentioned an necessary a part of its work will embody managing contamination to the bottom and coping with an invasive plant referred to as Japanese knotweed. Timber might be protected too.

The development work might be carried out in phases. The primary part will contain the educating block, with a supply date of September 2023.

The second part will cowl the demolition work and development of sports activities pitches. This might be handed over by spring 2024.

Bam regional director Ian Fleming mentioned: “Our skill to create net-zero faculties and use fashionable methods, corresponding to our suite of digital development strategies, and offsite manufacture and meeting, permits us to cut back dangers to our individuals and velocity up supply for the varsity.”

Bam Assemble was beforehand chosen to construct an “ultra-green” £30m college in Warwickshire via the DfE.

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