Contractor looks local for college sub-contractors

Published:  02 October, 2012

BOOTLE: Sefton-based subcontractors are being given the opportunity to become part of the supply chain to help build the new £5.5m Hugh Baird College facility on Stanley Road in Bootle.

Wates Construction, the main contractor for the project, is to host a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, offering local suppliers, including merchants, the chance to tender for work packages and join Wates on site of the new facility. A range of different trades are required.

The Meet the Buyer event is taking place at Hugh Baird College on 4 October 2012 at 10am. Interested parties are asked to email for more information.

Wates is due to commence construction of the new 2600sqm educational facility in October, with completion scheduled in time for the September 2013 academic year.

The college will comprise state-of-the-art further and higher education provision, with professional training courses also available to local businesses. Facilities will include teaching spaces, a Creative Arts Centre, a public café and a Learning Resource Centre that will be available for community use.

Designed by architect, Taylor Young, the five-storey contemporary college building will also comprise open-plan study areas and a community-led Jobcentre Plus.

Tony Shenton, business unit director for Wates Construction North West, commented: “The new Hugh Baird College facility will significantly contribute to the area’s regeneration and we are keen to utilise the project to positively impact the region. It is through these events that we actively encourage close collaboration with local sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring projects are a catalyst for economic growth.”

Wates was appointed to the project through the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), which facilitates the cost and time efficient procurement of public sector building works in the North West.

Wates was appointed to the North West Construction Hub’s medium value framework (500k to £10m) and high value framework (£10m plus) in 2010, which forms part of the North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NWIEP).

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