Birmingham-based boutique project management company Concept has been appointed to work on the development of a new £42 million campus for Sutton Coldfield College in Birmingham’s Perry Barr.
Work on the 226,000 sq ft campus on the site of the former Express Dairy is likely to begin in the first quarter of 2009 with completion in late 2010.
The contract will also see Concept assess the suitability of the other buildings owned by the college, which is due to merge with Birmingham’s Matthew Boulton College, and the implications of the new Riverside development on its other campuses in Erdington, Sutton Coldfield, Great Barr and Castle Vale.
The findings will be used to apply for redevelopment funding from the Learning and Skills Council. The new building would also be financed through the sale of college owned land and college reserves.
Concept was also recently appointed to the project management framework for the Learning and Skills Council to work with FE colleges in northern England.
It beat off competition for the coveted role from some of the UK’s biggest names – and was selected partly on the strength of its bespoke approach and gravitas of its staff.
The company has an impressive track record in FE and HE, with projects including the £38 million relocation of South Leicestershire College and a £25 million Business and Law Faculty at Leicester’s De Montfort University.
Concept senior project manager Arthur Adair said: “We are delighted to win this project with Sutton Coldfield College, another in our expanding portfolio of educational clients in the FE and HE sectors.”