National construction specialist Seddon is starting work on a £1.8 million project to build a new fourth-floor extension for Bolton Sixth Form College at its Deane Road town centre campus.
Designed by Taylor Young architects, the steel-framed extension, housing a new refectory, kitchen, classrooms and office space, will turn the four-storey 1,200-student Sixth Form College into a five-storey building.
The elevations will be curtain glazed featuring zinc cladding with a new single ply roof. Building work is set to be completed in December 2013.
The Sixth Form College building – which opened in 2010 - was originally designed so that a fifth storey could be added at a later stage.
The Seddon team will create a temporary roof over the existing building – which will remain fully operational - during the construction of the new level.
Mark Dawson, business unit manager for Seddon which has its national head office in Farnworth, Bolton, says: "We’re proud to be working with the Sixth Form College to create this significant new extension which will provide state-of-the-art learning space and catering facilities. Our team has extensive experience of working in ‘occupied’ environments to deliver high-quality modern school and college buildings. Our focus is always on ensuring that the construction process goes ahead with minimal disruption to the lives of students and teaching staff.”
Lesley Hart, vice principal, finance and resources at Bolton Sixth Form College says: "We were pleased that Seddon was identified as the preferred contractor as part of the tendering process, particularly as they are a local construction company which places significant importance on being a local employer, including providing a range of apprenticeships for local young people. We have been impressed with the progress they have made since their appointment and we look forward to celebrating the opening of our new facilities with them in December 2013.”