Blackburn College auto hub

Bardsley to build Blackburn College auto centre

Simon Donohue

Bardsley Construction has been appointed to build a £3.9m Regional Automotive Technology Hub at Blackburn College.

The project will take the total value of work undertaken by Bardsley at Blackburn College to £35.2m.

The two-storey centre of excellence for the automotive industry is due to be completed in the summer of 2014 and will feature teaching and training facilities including automotive workshops, auto electrics, a paint workshop, IT labs and teaching classrooms.

Bardsley, based in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, has previously delivered three other significant projects for Blackburn College.

They are:

  • the £11m UCBC Building with a further £1m extension
  • the £13.8m Beacon Centre
  • and the £5.5m STEMM building.

Ged Rooney, director at Bardsley Construction, said: "This latest contract for Blackburn College once again proves that we are being recognised and rewarded for our expertise in the provision of specialist teaching and training facilities for further education institutions."

Derek Heap, deputy director of resources at Blackburn College, said: "It's great to be working with such an experienced site team that understand the constraints of working in a town centre educational campus.

"I have every confidence that the new motor vehicle building will be delivered on time which is critical for our students. Bardsley have constructed a number of our buildings and I look forward to another high quality building completing the college campus."

Property consultants on the scheme for Blackburn College are Bury-based Pearson Fraser and the architects are Manchester-based DLA Architecture.

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