Interserve Press Office | Oct 07, 2014
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has completed work on a new £5.9 million sixth-form centre, known as ‘Central Sixth’ at Sandwell College near West Bromwich in the West Midlands.
Following detailed design and planning work carried out by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Sandwell College the new Central Sixth not only represents a major investment in post-GCSE education, it will also support a variety of arts-based activities.
Interserve has handed over the project to Sandwell Futures Ltd on time and under budget, having reduced costs throughout the build programme. Seventy per cent of the sub contractors used by the company on the scheme were from the Birmingham area and at one stage of the build programme 11 per cent of the work force were apprentices.
Gordon Kew, Interserve Managing Director UK Building, said: “Creating local employment opportunities has been a long-term commitment for Interserve. We have been working for a number of years with Sandwell Council, and we’re proud to deliver Sandwell College’s new flagship building; it is especially pleasing to support the ongoing development of education by providing a great new facility like Central Sixth.”
The works consisted of internal demolition of an existing theatre and 100 metres of cantilevered access ramp to allow for the remodelling of the ground floor entrance and new classroom pods. On the building’s upper four floors, new classrooms, business hubs, IT Suites and science and art departments have also been created.
In a joint statement, Sandwell College and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council said:
“We believe that our sympathetic conversion of The Public building, which was first built as a multi-purpose venue and art gallery, will amaze, appeal to and attract pupils and parents, giving us the opportunity to expand and give students a fantastic, inspiring environment which will help them realise their full potential.”
The new Central Sixth not only represents a major investment in education, it will also support a variety of arts-based activities, which will be open to the public from 2015. A newly renovated café and exhibition space will also to be opened.
The new Central Sixth will form an A-Level hub for Sandwell College that will bring hundreds of new students to the area, supporting numerous new jobs, both at the college and in surrounding businesses. A business support centre will be based on the campus to assist start-up companies.
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