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FE News | Bradford College teams up with Sewell Construction for ambitious T Level project

Bradford College (@BradfordCollege) have partnered with Sewell Construction to create their new multi-million pound T Level facilities.

The work, which starts in May, will involve remodeling a number of areas of the College’s David Hockney Building to create a high-quality training environment enabling students to learn skills that will help them in their future careers.

The project is the result of a £3.5m investment by the Department for Education (T-level Capital Fund – Wave 5). As well as adding new course spaces for business and media students, the project will also create new hairdressing and beauty salon facilities and refurbish the college’s existing training restaurant. Both will be open to the public and used by students to hone their new skills in real-life environments.

The retail and fitness center will include a barbershop, nail bar and laser room for beauty treatments, and the restaurant will incorporate a new outdoor street food booth and dining area. Business and administration students will have refurbished classrooms and media students will be able to use the latest technology in a new TV studio, editing and sound spaces.

The fast-track construction schedule will take place over the summer, allowing students to return in September to their new facilities.

It is not the first time Bradford College and Sewell Construction have collaborated, with the construction company transforming the College’s T Level science and technology facilities last year, also creating a mock nursery and a mock hospital environment for childcare and health students.

Pamela Sheldon, Head of Projects at Bradford College, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sewell Construction again to bring even more outstanding vocational facilities to Bradford College. Their team is helping us realize our ambitious plans to create the best facilities to help turn our students’ passions into successful professions.”

“Sewell Construction has not only helped us create a better campus for our students, but is also involved in our curriculum, supporting our construction students with master’s courses, work placements and industry insight days. Together, we can help young people reach their potential and truly change lives.”

Dave Major, who is managing the project for Sewell Construction, said
: “It’s fantastic to work with a partner who shares our values ​​and our team has enjoyed being involved in supporting the next generation of construction professionals. The college has been very keen to integrate sustainability and social value into their refurbishment projects and we look forward to seeing students enjoying their new facilities when they return after the summer.”

Work on the college’s new facilities is expected to start at the end of May after the company was appointed through the Procurement Partnerships Framework. Sewell Construction and sister company I&G have delivered over £40m worth of projects alongside Procure Partnerships, with the framework offering public sector clients a dynamic and compliant route to market using mini-tender and direct award functions.

Sewell Construction and Bradford College will also work together on the refurbishment of the college’s Advanced Technology Centre, which is being refurbished to meet the college’s growing demand for student places.

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