Wates appointed to £58m Nottingham college city hub

Wates appointed to £58m Nottingham college city hub

Nottingham College plans to ensure it provides qualifications and graduates that are fit for industry, helping them play a meaningful role in both the growth of Nottingham and the wider region.

The City Hub, which was procured via Major Works - UK, part of the Scape National Construction framework, will offer superior facilities and resources for college students, as well as providing community amenities including a restaurant, cafe, and a new performing arts centre.

The City Hub will be built on disused brownfield land next to the Broadmarsh Centre and tram overpass at the foot of Lace Market Cliff.

It will form an important part of a Council run scheme to regenerate this part of Nottingham in order to provide a more welcoming entrance to the southern part of the city centre.

Wates has committed to engaging with the local supply chain and providing training and employment opportunities for local people, to ensure the project creates a social, skills, and economic boost for the city.

Throughout its time on site, Wates will work closely with the college’s construction team as part of a significant student engagement programme that will demonstrate the wide variety of career opportunities within the built environment.

John Carlin, business unit director, Wates Construction Midlands, said: “We are very proud to have secured the contract to build what will be an exceptional centre for education in the East Midlands.

“As well as being a superior facility for students, the Hub will also be of excellent use for community groups and the business sector and will play a key role in creating a new destination within the city centre.

“Throughout the project we look forward to working with our neighbours and wider community to ensure they have the opportunity to collaboratively engage with our team, and to ensure we support initiatives around the city that will tangibly benefit from our involvement.

“We were very happy to see so many attendees at our Meet the Buyer event, and look forward to working with companies across the region in the coming months to help create a striking addition to Nottingham city centre.”
Victoria Brambini, managing director at Scape Procure, said: “We are delighted to be part of this important Nottingham City Council run scheme, which is set to regenerate the southern part of the city centre. 

“The innovative City Hub will be a welcome addition to the newly formed Nottingham College as well as boost the local community by providing significant employment and training opportunities.”

Matthew Varley, director of estates at Nottingham College said: “Wates is one of the largest privately-owned construction companies in the country and their approach to working in partnership and using their experience on other similar schemes makes them an ideal partner for Nottingham College in driving the City Hub project forward.”

Published: 30 April 2018

Article by Chris Middleton
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