Blackpool and The Fylde College has appointed the main contractor for the construction of Lancashire Energy HQ. The move means the project moves a step closer following handover of the land last week.
Manchester-based Bardsley Construction will oversee construction of the £9.8million project, due to be completed in the autumn of 2107.
Lancashire Energy HQ will provide a cutting edge training centre, delivering the specialist technical and professional skills required by industry. The centre will focus on all types of energy production including offshore, renewable and low carbon, with courses and training aligned to future industry needs and labour requirements. It will be sited at the newly formed Blackpool Enterprise Zone and it is hoped the flagship development will be a catalyst for further investment in the area.
Daryl Platt, Executive Director of Commercial Development at Blackpool and The Fylde College, welcomed the announcement:
“The project represents significant investment in the region by the College and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, who are providing £6.2 million of Growth Deal funding towards the cost. I’m pleased that we are now in a position where work can begin imminently and we can continue to drive investment.
“We are looking forward to working with Bardsley Construction, who will bring a great deal of experience and technical expertise to the project.”
Ged Rooney, procurement director at Bardsley Construction, said:
“We are immensely proud to be involved in the delivery of the new Lancashire Energy HQ, and our experience over many years in the provision of new facilities for FE colleges throughout the North West, the Midlands and Yorkshire will be invaluable as we work closely with the College to deliver this complex project.
“The winning of this contract is further evidence of Bardsley continuing to benefit from its hard-earned reputation for working effectively with the public sector via partnerships with education bodies, local authorities, housing associations and health authorities.”
The College has now officially purchased the land within the Enterprise Zone from Blackpool Airport, after planning permission for Lancashire Energy HQ was granted last month. Chris Formby, Blackpool Airport Manager said:
“We are delighted the land is being put to such good use to help create the next generation of expert energy engineers. We hope this new development will act as a catalyst for further investment within the new Enterprise Zone which will both sustain the airport into the future and drive further investment in the area to support local communities.”