Dixon is adding to its £350 million university workload with a £7 million contract
to build RNN Group’s University Centre Rotherham (UCR).
follows RNN Group’s completion of its purchase from Rotherham Council of the
land where the centre will be built on Doncaster Gate in Rotherham town centre,
near its main Rotherham College campus.
new centre will bring a wealth of additional education and training
opportunities to the region by offering a dedicated facility for university
students with specialist teaching, study and exhibition spaces, a library, café
and social areas.
Connolly, the chief executive of the RNN Group, which is the parent
organisation for Rotherham College and the University Centre Rotherham said:
are delighted to have taken a big step forward in delivering this fantastic
project, which will offer so much to our region’s students and employers. We
are also pleased to be working with Willmott Dixon, as a contractor and
employer with a clear commitment to sustainability and community engagement.
Building work will begin over the summer and we remain on track for completion
in autumn 2018.”
Dixon’s director for Yorkshire, Andrew Hurcomb said:
“As a local company based
in Yorkshire with a strong track record of work in Rotherham, which includes
the role of our sister company Fortem maintaining homes in the town, we are
proud to have been appointed by the RNN Group to take forward its plans to
create University Centre Rotherham. It will provide important skills that will
benefit the local economy for years to come and we'll also build strong links
with the university centre to encourage many of its students to choose a career
in construction. Also, during the project, we will work closely with local
companies in and around Rotherham to ensure as many as possible are involved
with the building work.”
University Centre Rotherham forms a key part of the Rotherham Plan 2025, a
regeneration strategy for Rotherham, led by the Rotherham Together Partnership.
Councillor Chris Read, who is the Chair of the Partnership and Leader of
Rotherham Council, said: “Having our own University Centre in Rotherham is a
fantastic opportunity for local people to study at degree level. This is one of our ‘game changers’ in the
Rotherham Plan; to help local people gain higher level skills which will
increase their employability. It will also help local employers to find the
skilled staff they need.”
news comes just a few weeks after Willmott Dixon announced it would build the
first undergraduate School of
Medicine in Essex for Anglia Ruskin at its Chelmsford campus and
follows the company’s track record for building new and enhancing existing
university campuses across the UK.
company also recently completed the London Campus for Coventry University in
Dagenham, as well as building the new Town House for Kingston University,
refurbishing the Dreadnought Building for Greenwich University and adding the
Computational Foundry at Swansea University.