The £12 million contract to create a brand new home for the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been awarded to BAM Construction Ltd.
The UK-wide construction company will build the three-storey campus at the Enterprise Area near junction 21 of the M5, north of Weston-super-Mare.
Following a period of consultation and a formal planning application to North Somerset Council, the building work is likely to start next spring, with completion scheduled for July 2016, ahead of the new building opening in September.
NSETC is presently housed at Weston College’s South West Skills Campus on Locking Road, and opened its doors for the first time in September 2014.
The new 6,400 sq metre building, will include a purpose-built floor dedicated to science, complete with ‘super-labs’ and a terrace on which to conduct outdoor experiments. It also has technology and enterprises spaces, and in addition a dedicated all-weather sports pitch, sports hall, canteen and lecture theatre.
When the new campus opens in September 2016, NSETC will be able to accommodate 700 students with flexibility to house more should applications to the school increase.