ISG to complete food halls at Cheshire college in March

Michael Hunt

The refurbishment work on the licensed food and drink processing halls at Reaseheath College in Nantwich has hit delays.

A spokesperson for Reaseheath College said: "The work on the food halls was delayed a little and has only just got underway properly. The halls are stripped out and the specialist contractors are on site preparing to refurbish the interior of the current food manufacturing halls and to begin building a small extension to the halls. The latest date for completion is March 2010."

Reaseheath College appointed ISG to refurbish the existing food processing halls and build a 2,000 sq ft extension at its dairy processing facility located within its 500-acre Cheshire site in a deal worth £1m to the contractor.

A £4.7m grant was secured by the college from North West Development Agency in April this year, with a further £2.9m provided by the Learning and Skills Council towards the new build of the food halls.

The refurbishment of the food halls, which was expected to be complete in the autumn this year, is part of a wider plan to set up an Enterprise Delivery Hub offering resources to regional businesses, particularly those within the agricultural and food production and processing industries.

The Hub project is seeking to add value to the £51m investment which the Learning and Skills Council set aside for Reaseheath to invest in its facilities and buildings as part of its mission to become a major player in the up-skilling of the North West workforce especially in rural and land base.

The food halls will also be used by students on the dairy industry's new education initiative called Project Eden.

Project Eden is a partnership between dairy processors and manufacturers and aims to improve skills in the food and drink industry, as well as in Dairy UK, which is the industry's trade organisation.

The collaboration has resulted in a recognised degree level qualification in dairy technology which was launched at Reaseheath in September this year. The majority of students already work in the industry and require facilities to help them take their careers forward.

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