Bardsley Construction to Deliver £5m Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre

A £5m Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) is set to be delivered for Wakefield College by the Yorkshire office of Bardsley Construction.

In what is the firm’s second major scheme for the College, Bardsley will replace an existing single-storey building on the City Campus with a new three-storey complex due to be handed over in the spring of 2017. Once operational, the Centre will provide young people and employers with higher-level education and employment opportunities in and around Wakefield.

Bardsley Yorkshire previously secured a £3m contract to provide Wakefield College with a refurbished Radcliffe Building in 2014 and secured this latest contract via the YORbuild Framework in a two-stage tender negotiation.

Adrian Rooney, Yorkshire regional director for Bardsley Construction at the firm’s office in Leeds, said:

“Bardsley Construction operates an extensive apprenticeship scheme in both Yorkshire and the North West of England to provide staff with the skills and training required for current and future requirements of the firm and the wider construction industry.

“As the Centre for Wakefield College will focus on the provision of innovation and enterprise to build the Yorkshire of tomorrow by promoting economic growth in and around the town it was a natural fit for us as a business.”

Architects on the scheme are IBI Group with Goodson’s appointed as civil engineers and Grontmij acting as mechanical and electrical (M&E) consultants. Mace will provide the College with project management and cost services support.

Bardsley Construction, founded in 1964, has an annual turnover in excess of £50m and recently featured in a London Stock Exchange (LSE) listing of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain.