BAM Construction has won a £13m deal to refurbish Newcastle College’s Parsons Tower.
The national contractor, which has offices in Gateshead, will undertake the major transformation of the 1970s tower block, giving the teaching block a contemporary facade as well as carrying out an internal remodelling, and upgrade of the mechanical and electrical services.
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.
“We will seek to use local suppliers where possible and to involve students at the college in the construction project to enhance their studies and their ownership of the new building.
“We have a strong and lasting relationship with Newcastle College and are delighted to be continuing that.”
The project is due to start on site early in the New Year, with completion in the summer of 2015.
BAM built a 12,000 sq m sixth form centre for the College in a £20m project that completed this year.