Hugh Baird HE centre to open in 2013

Building consultancy Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide project and cost management to assist Hugh Baird College on its proposed new higher education centre opposite the existing campus on Balliol Road, Bootle.

The new £5m complex will cover 30,000 sq ft and contain teaching space as well as community facilities. The appointed architects are Taylor Young. Pending planning approval, the project is scheduled to be completed by September 2013 ready for the start of the new school year.

Pat Farrell, executive director of estates and resources at Hugh Baird, said: "This is an ambitious project but one which shows the college's long-term commitment to providing high quality education in a modern teaching environment."

Turner & Townsend is also providing cost management services at Lancaster & Morecambe College, Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College, Wirral Metropolitan College and Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale.

Martin Perryman, director in Turner & Townsend's Manchester office, said: "After the recent turbulent times with funding in the further education sector we are delighted that we are able draw upon our extensive knowledge of the sector to help colleges realise their plans and assist them to develop robust property strategies and secure much needed funding."

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