£2m boost for specialist Telford College

Work nears completion at new £2 million teaching facility at Telford College of Arts and Technology

The college accommodates students with severe and complex learning disabilities.

Midlands building consultancy Fusion is providing quantity surveying and CDM co-ordinator services for the construction of The Willow Tree – a 1,000 sq m secure facility that will comprise teaching rooms, a sensory room, a holistic therapy room and a care suite.

Rachel Jelfs, CDM co-ordinator at Birmingham-based Fusion Building Consultancy said: “The Willow Tree will extend the college’s teaching provisions for students with learning difficulties and disabilities and the design team and the college have been working very closely with the local authority to ensure that the right specification is achieved.

“It will be a secure building to ensure the students’ safety and have high levels of durability. A palette of materials and colours will be used throughout to create a welcoming comfortable atmosphere.”

The facility, which was designed by architects Pinnegar Hayward Design LLP, also includes a new access road and large drop-off area to accommodate multi-axle minibuses that can manoeuvre without reversing.

This specialised project is being built by Paveaways, Oswestry, and is due for completion at the end of May.

It is the third new-build project that Birmingham-based Fusion has been involved with at the college, having undertaken QS and CDMC services at its £2.2 million Discovery Centre and £2 million automotive engineering workshop.

The college, which has 6,000 campus-based students and has spent more than £10 million on refurbishments and new buildings, is just one of the many education providers in the Midlands the building consultancy has worked with.




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