Specialist commercial construction company Chalcroft Ltd, based in Lynn, is celebrating news that it has been appointed as the main contractor for a £3.75 million project to build a new skills centre.
Building work has started on the Construction Skills Centre at the Norfolk campus of Easton and Otley College thanks to support from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. The centre will provide future construction professionals with a strong foundation of core skills.
Chalcroft, located in Hamlin Way, Hardwick Narrows Estate, has been named as the principal contractor for the project, which is due for completion in the summer – ready for the September 2015 intake of students.
The new development builds on the success of Easton and Otley College’s construction facilities at its Suffolk campus and, by 2018, will be able to accommodate 300 learners per year. A one storey steel frame building with exterior cladding and brickwork detailing, the new facility will have 1,476 square metres of inside space for courses in carpentry and bricklaying as well as electrical and multi-skilled programmes. A further 600 square metres of covered outdoor areas completes the development.
Building with sustainability in mind, the new structure will feature photovoltaic panels for solar energy generation as well as a biomass boiler, and rain water will be harvested for tool washing.
Lizzie Stratton, contracts manager at Chalcroft, said: “We are naturally delighted to work on a project aimed at equipping future construction workers with essential skills. The site poses interesting challenges, from working around the college’s animal care, veterinary and equine science facilities and ensuring minimal disruption to animals and students alike, to the restricted access and overhead power lines on site. Perhaps with the exception of the animal residents, however, these are all challenges we are used to dealing with. As a local employer ourselves, we are excited about the prospect of having more well-trained individuals entering construction workplace in East Anglia.”
Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP which secured £2.5m for the new centre as part of its growth deal with government, said: “Our regional economy and the UK as a whole is suffering from a major shortage of skilled house builders, from bricklayers and carpenters to painters and plasterers, and this excellent new training centre will offer new and exciting career opportunities for hundreds of students and apprentices, boosting our skilled workforce while helping to build the homes we need for the future.”
For further information on the specialist construction services offered by Chalcroft, visit www.chalcroft.co.uk