The largest aspect of the work will be the creation of a new £7m teaching block at the entrance to the main Out Risbygate campus site. During the 10-month new build programme, ISG will also deliver an £800,000 programme of general refurbishment works to the college’s higher education facilities .
Both schemes form part of the college’s overall plan to enhance teaching facilities across its two main sites in Bury St Edmunds. The new three-storey concrete framed teaching block will create a purpose-built hub for the college and provide 3,600m2 of accommodation, with classrooms, tutorial facilities, student support and recreational areas.
The new further education block is designed to showcase the college’s ambitions for sutainability. It will incorporate high-performance building materials and a biomass boiler and will feature a large atrium to maximise the volume of natural light entering the building.
Externally, ISG will carry out extensive landscaping, creating a sustainable urban drainage system to regulate the volume of surface run-off entering natural watercourses. The contractor is also tasked with remodelling the existing car parking provision as part of the project.
“What we are providing at West Suffolk College is a full turnkey delivery solution following an extensive value engineering exercise to help the scheme meet budgetary constraints,” said ISG’s managing director – east, Phillip Allerton.