Construction students from the College of West Anglia got the chance to experience first hand the complexities of a major redevelopment project when they visited Lynn Police Station.
The Grade II listed building is currrently undergoing a £3.1 million refurbishment being carried out by construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, which welcomed students and lecturers to the site.
The police station project will be completed in three phases. The first will be to demolish the rear part of the building and install a two-storey temporary accommodation unit for the 150 staff based at the station.
Next further demolition works will take place and an atrium will be built at the rear of the building, forming a new staff entrance. The team will also install a new staircase, storage facilities, lift shaft and internal refurbishment works.
New windows in keeping with the original design and main façade of the building will be restored along with the original clock tower, which is currently not in use.
Morgan Sindall project manager Tom Wilson and contracts manager Scott Savory gave a talk outlining the project from bid stage to completion. The company’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador Tom Johnson also talked about careers in construction.
Jane Burton, course director at CWA said: “It’s been a great opportunity to see different aspects of construction and we’ve seen from bid, through to build. Being able to visit a complex project like this gives the students exposure to challenges they simply wouldn’t see on a new build.”
Saul Humphrey, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s East Anglia region, said: “Site visits like this can help to inspire and encourage young people and show them the varied and exciting career prospects that construction has to offer.
“We’re committed to doing what we can to nurture the next generation and help to plug the skills gap facing the industry. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the New Anglian LEP and Building Growth as well as schools and colleges in the region to open up the industry and promote the opportunities available.”