Bardsley Secures £5m ASIC Building at Wakefield College

Scheme valued at £5m is Bardsley’s second major project for leading educational establishment

The Yorkshire office of Bardsley Construction is playing a key role in helping to bridge the county’s skills gap by providing a £5m Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) for Wakefield College.

In what is the firm’s second major scheme for the College, Bardsley will replace an existing single-storey building on the City Campus with a new three-storey complex due to be handed over in the spring of 2017.

Once operational, the Centre will help to close the skills gap in Yorkshire by providing young people and employers with higher-level education and employment opportunities in and around Wakefield.

Bardsley Yorkshire previously secured a £3m contract to provide Wakefield College with a refurbished Radcliffe Building in 2014 and secured this latest contract via the YORbuild Framework in a two-stage tender negotiation.

The relationship built between Bardsley and the College estate team and other academic stakeholders during delivery of the Radcliffe project convinced the College to back the firm’s appointment.

Adrian Rooney, Yorkshire regional director for Bardsley Construction at the firm’s office in Leeds, said: “Bardsley Construction operates an extensive apprenticeship scheme in both Yorkshire and the North West of England to provide staff with the skills and training required for current and future requirements of the firm and the wider construction industry.

“As the Centre for Wakefield College will focus on the provision of innovation and enterprise to build the Yorkshire of tomorrow by promoting economic growth in and around the town it was a natural fit for us as a business.”

Architects on the scheme are IBI Group with Goodson’s appointed as civil engineers and Grontmij acting as mechanical and electrical (M&E) consultants. Mace will provide the College with project management and cost services support.

Bardsley Construction, headquartered in Tameside, Greater Manchester and founded in 1964, has an annual turnover in excess of £50m and recently featured in a London Stock Exchange (LSE) listing of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain.