BAM commits to £13m renovation of college tower
Developer BAM Construction has announced it has been selected to carry out a major renovation for Newcastle College's Parsons Tower.Set to provide an extensive revamp for the 1970s tower block, the company will carry out internal remodelling, as well as upgrading existing electrical and mechanical services at the facility.In addition, the external facade of the property is to be renovated, including the incorporation of a number of elevational elements and new windows, with the college ken to witness the creation of a contemporary and inspiring building in which to teach pupils.BAM Construction director Andrew Warwick said: "Parsons Tower is one of the first buildings many people see when approaching Newcastle by road or rail."BAM is looking forward to updating this important facility to provide better facilities for students and staff at the college, and a more fitting landmark for the city."He added the company continues to have a strong relationship with the education provider and is delighted to have been selected to carry out this ambitious and important project.This latest scheme follows the successful collaboration of the two parties on the £20 million construction of a 12,000 sq ft sixth form college at the site earlier this year, with work on the new development set to get underway in early 2014 and scheduled for completion by summer 2015.Mr Warwick concluded that the developer will aim to use as many local suppliers as possible during the project and will also include as many students at the college as it can, helping to boost their education in regards to the building sector and the many elements that go into making a project such as this a success.Elsewhere in the north-east city, BAM also last year completed a terminal extension at Newcastle International Airport, as well as a project for the Institute of Transplantation at Freeman Hospital, highlighting the firm's ongoing support for developments across the region.
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