Work begins on £11m college accommodation project

Seddon has begun work on an £11m scheme to deliver new accommodation for students at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire.

The firm, which has offices in Bolton, is constructing a total of 200 bedrooms which will be configured in five blocks of six, eight and 10-bedroom townhouses.

Each of the two and three-storey townhouses will feature communal and dining areas, a kitchen and shared bathroom facilities to promote shared living among students aged 16 and over.

Seddon was awarded the contract following a competitive two-stage tender process.

The architect for the development is Stride Treglown.

The first phase will be finished in time for the start of the academic year in September 2018, with the second phase ready by December 2018.

Reaseheath College is a specialist land-based further and higher education college in the UK, set among 815 acres of farms, parklands, lakes and woodland, and sports facilities.

Ben Hunt, head of estates at Reaseheath College, said: “The new halls of residence are an important part of our current £30m development programme which is being delivered over the next 12 to 18 months. The project, which is supported through Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s skills capital fund, will ensure that the college has first-class, secure and safe onsite accommodation to support students on our advanced engineering, agricultural engineering, horticulture, food manufacturing, block release apprenticeships and associated courses.”

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