Liverpool contractor Crossfield Construction has begun work on a £2.6m project at the Preston college, to create dedicated space for students on the newly introduced technical-based courses.
The three-storey building, located on the corner of Princess Street and Carr Street close to the main college campus, will offer teaching and learning facilities for T-level qualifications in education, childcare and digital.
Crossfield Construction is part of Crossfield Group, which has previously delivered education sector projects at Bootle’s Hugh Baird College and the City of Liverpool College.
The company secured the project through the Procure Partnerships Framework and is due to complete the job in May 2021. The consultant team appointed includes Ellis Williams as architect, AJP Consulting Engineers, quantity surveyor Appleyard & Trew and construction consultancy Ridge & Partners.
Speke-based Crossfield has committed to recruiting a degree apprentice from Cardinal Newman College, with that candidate then undertaking a five-year apprenticeship with Crossfield while completing a degree paid for by the group.
Managing director David Cain said: “This project will enable students at the college to get the hands-on learning experience that the new T-Levels are designed to offer.
“Importantly, it will also provide a boost to the local area and the city’s economy. We have committed to drawing our supply chain from a 30-mile radius, as well as working with the college to offer a degree apprenticeship, industrial placements and mentoring initiatives – benefitting many students.”
T-levels are two-year courses being introduced from September. Equivalent to three A-levels, they are billed by government as being 80% classroom-based and 20% work-based.