£22m extension to Bede Campus at Sunderland College is complete

Sunderland College's expansion is complete, after input from North East businesses

Ralph Wrighton, Sarah Jones and Neil Williamson of Ward Hadaway with Paul Humble of Turner & Townsend and Sunderland College Director of Facilities Karen Wade
Ralph Wrighton, Sarah Jones and Neil Williamson of Ward Hadaway with Paul Humble of Turner & Townsend and Sunderland College Director of Facilities Karen Wade

A year long project to create a £22m extension at Sunderland College has been completed following expert input from raft of North East firms.

The expansion of the college’s Bede Campus on Durham Road was completed in time for the start of the new academic year this month.

Facilities for its sports curriculum and visual and performing arts courses have both been greatly expanded as part of the project.

A new sports hall has been built, alongside a new fitness suite, sports laboratories and teaching rooms. The scheme also includes a new performance hall, dance and drama studios, music recording studios and a digital film lounge.

Work on the expansion started in Spring 2013 and completed in August in time for the new academic year in September.

Experts from Newcastle-based Ward Hadaway’s construction and engineering, banking and procurement teams provided legal advice, while project management consultancy Turner & Townsend’s project expertise helped to keep the scheme on schedule and within budget.

Paul Humble, associate director at Turner & Townsend, said: “Important projects like the extension of the Bede Campus call for in-depth planning and management to ensure they are delivered successfully and within planned budgets and timescales.

“It is our job to co-ordinate this process and to make sure that this expansion delivers the improvement in facilities and physical environment which Sunderland College wants to deliver for its students. The Bede Campus extension was completed on time and is now ready for students to start making the most of the state of the art facilities.”

Turner & Townsend, a global consultancy which employs 120 people in the North East, has advised Sunderland College on a number of previous projects.

Turner & Townsend also recently advised Rolls-Royce on its new factory in Washington and is currently advising on the building of the new Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads in Durham.

Ralph Wrighton, partner and head of construction at Ward Hadaway, led the law firm’s team providing legal advice to Sunderland College on the development with support from Procurement Partner Sarah Jones, Construction Solicitor Neil Williamson and Banking Partner Imogen Holland.

Mr Wrighton said: “We are delighted to have worked with Sunderland College on this important development for the future of its sports and arts education programmes. It is great to see this extension finished and I am sure it will be of immense value to Sunderland College students for many years to come.”

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