A steel signing ceremony has taken place to mark the completion of the first phase of work on New College Durham’s ‘T.H.E. Hub’
This Education Project was procured via the Procure Partnerships North East Framework with Esh appointed under Single Stage Competitive Tender. The project is currently being monitored via Compliance Chain.
The £8.9 million development will provide a new teaching and innovation space at the college’s Framwellgate Moor Campus. The state-of-the-art education facility will feature 23 new teaching spaces including an immersive suite, an early year’s foundation stage nursery, a sensory room, a hospital ward, a dental suite, an E-Sports arena, cyber security facilities, specialist I.T. classrooms and science laboratories.
In addition, the building will also have several collaborative and break out spaces for students to work and socialise in a modern environment.
Kate Marshall, Social Value Manager at Esh Construction, said: “I am proud to be part of the ceremony to mark this key milestone within the construction phase. Even during development, we are able to use the building as a learning tool for students.”
“We were recently part of the ‘Find Your Futures’ event, a SEND careers day for students with additional needs. Students visited our live New College Durham site and spoke with members of our site team to gain an insight into the roles within construction and routes into the industry. We were able to offer an extremely valuable insight into the world of work that simply cannot be obtained in a classroom.”
The project is due to completed in Summer 2023 ready for students starting the new academic year.