10 March 2011
WYG’s Chief Executive, Paul Hamer, has marked a new direction for Barnsley College by helping to break the ground on the site of Yorkshire’s first sustainable centre for the building and construction industry.
The Think Low Carbon (TLC) Sustainable Centre will provide a knowledge transfer hub for the region for new and developing building technologies and techniques. Recent legislation means that many businesses, both in the construction industry and beyond will have to change the way they repair, maintain and build any new premises.
Work is now ready to start on the £4.5m project and to mark this occasion local, regional and national guests will join Paul Hamer, the Mayor of Barnsley Margaret Sheard and college staff and students to witness the official ground breaking ceremony.
Paul Hamer said: “I am delighted I was asked to attend the Turf Cutting ceremony on such a prestigious project in the Yorkshire & Humber area.
“We have been supporting projects of this kind right across this region and recently celebrated our 50th anniversary.
“We are extremely proud of our heritage in Yorkshire and the Humber and this initiative is exactly what’s needed within the region. Legislative changes, including the Climate Change Act, is forecast that demand for environmental technologies will grow significantly, increasing the sector by 45 per cent across the region within eight years, creating around 30,000 jobs.
“We are proud to have been involved in the design of a future-orientated facility and look forward to developing our relationship with Barnsley College further during construction of the centre.”
Recognising existing and anticipated skills shortages in the industry, Barnsley College secured funding to build this centre of excellence for the sustainable construction and renewable energy Industries.
The project has attracted £2.75m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development. Barnsley College will be self financing the remainder of the build.
WYG’s involvement in the project will continue through to completion with the consultancy providing civil and structural advice on the new building.
The award-winning consultancy has been involved with the redevelopment of Barnsley College since 2005 and has provided civil, structural and mechanical and electrical services advice on several new buildings including the main college building, a new sports hall and a motor vehicle workshop.
Work is expected to be complete for October 2011.
Photo caption: (Left to Right): Oliver Novakovic - Director of Housing Futures, BRE, Phil Coppard OBE - Chief Executive, BMBC, Paul Hamer - Chief Executive, WYG, The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Margaret Sheard and Frank Johnston - Chair of Governors, Barnsley College