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GB Building wins £8.5m Cheshire contract

GB Building Solutions wins contract for £8.5m National Food Futures centre at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire

Posted by Dave Higgitt | July 05, 2014 | Bricks & mortar

A ground-breaking ceremony attended by Chancellor George Osborne marked the official start of work on a national centre for horticultural production, environmental management and conservation and renewable energy at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire.

GB Building Solutions has been awarded the contract to build the multi-million pound centre, which will be the leading one of its type in the country when it opens to students and the public in September 2015.

Cutting the first sod on the site, Mr Osborne said: “Reaseheath College is rightly renowned for the quality of the education it provides, especially in the agriculture industry. I always want to try to provide funding for projects like this.

“One of the key elements of our long-term economic plan is to deliver the best schools and skills for young people in all sectors so the next generation can succeed in the global race.”

GB Building Solutions executive chairman, Martin Smout, said: “We’re looking forward to working closely with the team at the college to deliver this new centre of excellence which will provide a world class facility for the industry.”

The industry-led project will enable the college to support the government’s agri-tech strategy, which aims to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, through the Skills Funding Agency, has allocated £5.8m of capital grant for the project. The remainder has come directly from the college.

The building will include a visitor and interpretation centre and a schools unit and is the latest of a string of facilities to be built on campus.

Space released by the relocation of the horticulture department has been earmarked for further halls of residence, with construction planned to start this summer.

Welcoming the Chancellor’s visit, Principal Meredydd David said that Reaseheath was delighted to be involved in the development of another world-class educational facility.

He said: “I am thrilled that the government has identified Reaseheath as their preferred location for investing capital to develop this national food futures centre. This will ensure that Reaseheath can continue to deliver specialist technical and educational training to next generation leaders.”

Mr Osborne was accompanied on his visit by local MP Stephen O’Brien and Kevin Beaty, Conservative Councillor for Eden District Council.

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