Work begins on new Construction and Engineering Centre for Barnfield College

Construction work has started on the £38.8m four-storey, high-tech Construction and Engineering Centre at Barnfield College, in Luton.

It is the second phase of the New Bedford Road development. allowing construction and engineering courses to move from the Enterprise Way campus. All students will now be on the same campus. The new building will give students access to the latest equipment and technologies, allowing them to develop the skills needed both now and in the future.

Having worked with the college to deliver a vocational teaching facility during the first phase, Equals are now providing project management and Employer’s Agent service on the new Construction and Engineering centre.

Cath Gunn, principal of Barnfield College, said: “We are delighted that works have commenced on this state-of-the-art Construction and Engineering Centre on our New Bedford Road site. The construction and engineering industries are some of the largest and fastest growing employment sectors in the UK and it is vital that local people are able to maximise the employment opportunities available.”

British Land’s Amphitheatre in Sheldon Square completes

Situated on British Land’s Paddington Central campus in west London, the new Amphitheatre in Sheldon Square has been recently completed and is now open to the public.

The space has been reimagined to create a new, vibrant external space for work teams, families and friends to enjoy, and to provide a focal point for the community.

Working for British Land, Equals provided pre and post contract cost management services on the project with the works being procured on a design and build basis.

The works include new hard landscaping to the top and bottom walkways surrounding the amphitheatre, along with new retail frontage, with the amphitheatre remodelled to provide a more organic seating arrangement including a water feature, performance space, improved accessibility and inclusivity for all. The project has been developed with a focus on sustainability, using Earth Friendly Concrete to significantly reduce embodied carbon.

Equals worked closely with the client design team of Gillespie’s, Davies Maguire and Feix & Merlin with the works being delivered by 8build.