Further Contract Won to Complete Bishop Auckland College

Dale Potts
After completing the first stage of work at the new Bishop Auckland College two months early, Faithful+Gould has won a £20 million contract to complete further stages.

Faithful+Gould’s appointment for the next two phases was as a result of its successful completion of Phase One; a £17 million contract. This involved the demolition of part of the existing college, constructing a new three story building and creating new car parking and landscaped areas.

The project was completed eight weeks ahead of schedule and within budget. Faithful+Gould’s outstanding performance was recognised regionally when it was awarded a commendation for collaborative working by the North East Constructing Excellence Awards.

The second and third phases at Bishop Auckland College will see Faithful+Gould providing cost consultancy services both pre and post contract. These phases will involve the construction of two new buildings costing £19 million, and the £1 million refurbishment of an existing building. These together will provide the following facilities:

  • Technology centre for construction trades and motor vehicles engineering
  • Music technology including sound recording and studio production
  • Performing art studio and exhibition area
  • Design centre for 3D, fashion, graphic design, fine art and multimedia
  • State of the art work-based learning centre

Both phases will run simultaneously and are due to be complete in September 2009.

Faithful+Gould will be working with the same design team previously appointed by the college which includes SURGO Construction, Howarth Litchfield Partners and Cundalls.

Gary Marshall, Faithful+Gould regional director, said:

"We are delighted to have been appointed to the second and third phases of this project which is credit to our hard work and performance during the first phase. It is always great to see a project through from inception to completion and I am looking forward to seeing the finished results.

"The project will again prove challenging so we have executed careful planning to enable construction work to be carried out on a live college campus with minimal disruption to students and staff."

Stewart Ruddock, director of finance for Bishop Auckland College, said:

"We are pleased to be working with Faithful+Gould once again on the redevelopment of the college. The first phase of work has already improved teaching and learning facilities at the college and when the last two phases are complete, it will bring the landmark development into the 21st century, serving the educational needs of the communities of South and West Durham."

Faithful+Gould has been involved in a large number of prestigious educational developments including Kings Academy in Middlesbrough, Trinity Academy in Doncaster, Excelsior Academy in Newcastle and has recently been appointed to provide Cost Management services on the South Tyneside College redevelopment.