The works involve the demolition of existing 1970s college buildings on The Cut near to Southwark tube station and the construction of a new 7,684m² college building.
The new building will be formed on piled foundations, with the structure created of partially exposed, post-tensioned concrete frame and the envelope of brickwork, terracotta tiles and glazed curtain walling.
The internal skin of the building will be formed by structural insulated panels. Other sustainability features include photovoltaic arrays, which as well as generating electricity will also provide an interesting architectural profile for the building, Balfour Beatty said. There will also be a combined heat and power (CHP) system together with a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system that allows energy from cooling to be used to heat parts of the building in certain circumstances.
The work will supplement student accommodation created by Balfour Beatty during phase one of the project, enclosing an atrium area.
Balfour Beatty has been given a completion date of April 2016.
The contract was awarded through the iESE framework to deliver works for public authorities in the southeast. Balfour Beatty was one of eight contractors appointed to this framework in 2011. This latest award brings the total amount of work Balfour Beatty has been awarded under the framework to £200m.
Regional managing director Paul Gandy said: “Through these frameworks Balfour Beatty is able offer economies of scale to our customers, providing seamless transitions from project to project with experienced and knowledgeable delivery teams. We look forward to delivering the second phase of this project having already delivered £5.9m of design and remodelling of the Thames Tower North, refurbishment of the main entrance and construction of the new atrium.”