BAM Construction win record 20th UTC contract

BAM Construction have been appointed as the main contractor in a £10 million scheme to complete the University Technical College (UTC) in Portsmouth.

This means the company had won their 20th UTC contract, more than any other contractor.

Darren Birch, BAM’s Framework manager, explained:

“We’ve been extensively involved with developing a variety of education and other buildings on the South Coast. We’ve built up an excellent supply chain, and a great local knowledge. So we’re delighted to be appointed and look forward to bringing our customary positive attitude to creating UTC Portsmouth.”

Led by University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy and Portsmouth City Council, UTC will accommodate 600 students aged between 14 and 19 (years 10 – 13), who will be able to take academic and vocational courses in science, technology, engineering and maths, alongside the regular national curriculum.

Enrichment activities such as AutoCad and Microsoft Office, leadership training, RYA Sailing, Young Engineer Challenges and Combined Cadet Forces, will help students to become ‘work-ready’ for employment.

University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) Professor Paul Hayes said:

“This is a significant milestone for the UTC Portsmouth.  This is an exciting project that will provide young people with strong career prospects while helping to tackle the skills shortage in the city and region. I’m pleased to be working with BAM Construction to bring us a big step closer to its opening in September 2017.”

BAM is working with architectural partner Stride Treglown, to develop the design. Hydrock is providing mechanical and electrical consultancy and the structural engineer is Ridge & Partners.

Construction is due to start in June 2016 and finish late July 2017.