College bosses behind a £10m project to enhance education facilities for Blackpool have enlisted Lancashire-based contractors in a bid to keep jobs local for the project.
Blackpool and The Fylde College is investing millions in an Advanced Technology Centre to provide education and training for the engineering and manufacturing industries.
Construction of the centre at the college’s main Bispham campus is to be undertaken by Preston-based John Turner Construction Group Ltd, with project directors saying this ensures jobs for people on the Fylde coast.
The building of the facilities is set to cost £5.5m, more than half of the £10.3m to be invested overall, with millions being ploughed into staffing, resources and the most up-to-date industry technology.
John Pye, project director of College capital projects said: “The College has worked with John Turner Construction Group on recent high profile projects and we are pleased to have them on board for this exciting development.
“By working with contractors based in the North West who employ local people, we hope to also create job opportunities in Blackpool and the surrounding areas.”
The company has also completed building projects on the College’s extensive refurbishment of the Fleetwood Nautical Campus as well as other jobs at the main Ashfield Road campus.
John Clarke, managing director of John Turner Construction Group Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed main contractor for the prestigious Advanced Technology Centre.”
The centre is being created in response to a priority of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership to address the skills shortage in the advanced engineering and manufacturing industries.
Training will focus on setting up students to work in the aerospace, automotive, nuclear and energy sectors.
The £10.3m project will also see the college’s Construction Skills Centre developed further to support the construction and renewable technology industries.
Bev Robinson, principal and chief executive at the College, said: “Our decision to invest in advanced manufacturing and engineering is a decision to further support the regional economy.”
Work is now under way on the centre, set to finish in July 2015 before opening to students in September.