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16 October, 2006 - 11:43 By Staff Reporter

AMEC cements £85m college work

The Ipswich operations centre of international project management and services company, AMEC, has secured two design and build contracts worth a total £85 million for major redevelopment work on East of England colleges.Hertford Regional College (HRC) in Ware and Broxbourne and Suffolk College in Ipswich, both further education establishments, intend to remain operational while the work is carried out.

The first project, a £50m redevelopment scheme for Hertford Regional College will see both the College’s campuses completely re-built with modern educational facilities covering around 190,000 sq ft.

The HRC principal, Paul Harvey, said: “We conducted a very tough and thorough selection process. AMEC impressed us with their approach to and analysis of our needs and were a clear winner.”

AMEC is working with the College on front-end and value engineering studies prior to construction work starting in March 2007. Construction at both the Ware and Broxbourne campuses is being carefully planned to ensure the college remains fully operational during the work which is scheduled for completion in June 2009.

The second contract is a £35m redevelopment project for Suffolk College, which will include the new build of around 238,000 sq ft of multi-level education facilities.

These will provide accommodation for vocational training, specialist and general teaching classrooms and central and specific administration. Construction work will start in Spring 2007 and be completed in Spring 2008.

Prof Dave Muller, Suffolk College principal, said: “The College is delighted to be able to award the contract to a locally-based firm and even more pleased that a number of the senior staff managing the contract on behalf of AMEC was trained here.”

HRC’s course portfolio includes academic and vocational courses, HE programmes, a growing range of provision for 14-16 year olds and a variety of training provision for businesses. College training facilities are industry-standard and include hairdressing & beauty salons, construction workshops, a training restaurant and art & design studios.

Suffolk College provides higher, further and adult education over a wide range of subjects and modes of study. It offers the widest range of education and training opportunities within Suffolk and is an Accredited College of the University of East Anglia for undergraduate programmes.

John Moss, managing director of AMEC’s design and project services business, added: “Securing these two major wins in the east of England is yet another superb achievement which adds to our track record of designing and building further education facilities.

“We look forward to working with both colleges by demonstrating our expertise, skills and capabilities in delivering high quality facilities and learning environments for students and the local community.”

This new work adds to AMEC’s other educational contracts in the region where it is working at Lowestoft College on Phase 1 of their five year plan to transform the college.

The new three-storey building will be complete at the end of the year with the opening of a brand new teaching block designated for the engineering and construction industry trades.

AMEC is due to start on site at Epping Forrest College in Loughton building a new £25m, 161,500 sq ft state-of-the-art education and training facility.

AMEC plc is an international project management and services company that designs, delivers and supports infrastructure assets across the public and private sectors.

It employs more than 20,000 people from a network of offices throughout the UK, US and Canada.

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