Builder and developer, Seddon, has begun work on an £11m scheme to deliver new accommodation for students at Reaseheath College, a leading land-based college in Nantwich, Cheshire.
The firm, which has offices in Bolton, is constructing a total of 200 bedrooms which will be configured in five blocks of six, eight and 10-bedroom new-build townhouses.
Each of the two and three-storey townhouses will feature communal and dining areas, a kitchen and shared bathroom facilities to promote shared living among students aged 16 and over.
Seddon was awarded the contract following a competitive two-stage tender process. The architect for the development is Stride Treglown.
Work commences on site in August 2017 and the first phase will be finished in time for the start of the academic year in September 2018, with the second phase ready by December 2018.
Reaseheath College is one of the leading, specialist land-based further and higher education colleges in the UK, set among 330 hectares of farms, parklands, lakes and woodland and sports facilities.
Ed Wootton, regional director of Seddon Construction, said: “We have a long-standing reputation for delivering modern, high specification education projects, whether new-build or refurbishment, and this is no different. It’s a privilege to work with clients such as Reaseheath College and help them provide their students with the very best facilities and living standards possible.”
Ben Hunt, head of estates at Reaseheath College, commented: “The new halls of residence are an important part of our current £30 million development programme which is being delivered over the next 12 - 18 months. The project, which is supported through Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills Capital Fund, will ensure that the college has first-class, secure and safe onsite accommodation to support students on our advanced engineering, agricultural engineering, horticulture, food manufacturing, block release apprenticeships and associated courses.”