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ISG wins £34m redevelopment at Richmond upon Thames College

The scheme is the initial phase of a larger £80m plan to transform the London institution's footprint

Posted by Julian Owen | July 04, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

ISG has been awarded a £34 million project at Richmond upon Thames College’s Twickenham campus, the first phase of a wider £80 million masterplan to transform the institution's facilities. The scheme is the latest to be awarded via the Pagabo framework, which aims to drive efficiencies and best value across public sector procurement.   

ISG will build a five-storey, concrete-framed teaching block, extending to circa 161,000 sq ft. Constructed on a plot adjacent to the existing college buildings on campus, the state-of-the art learning environment will accommodate an enlarged intake of up to 3,000 students when it opens at the end of 2019. 

The striking building will become the college’s focal point for technology-enabled teaching courses, and incorporates a range of high-specification and advanced learning environments. Facilities include TV studios, a 3D prototyping fabrication laboratory and a digital golf studio. The building also supports the college’s aim to foster greater collaboration between students, employers and the local community, with a range a business incubation spaces, a business lounge and community outreach facilities.

"Our early engagement on the scheme has enabled us to interrogate the brief to drive efficiencies at every stage of the build process.” 

Arts and hospitality and leisure courses will also be delivered within the teaching space, and ISG will create a 160-seat theatre and an art gallery, enabling local artists and photographers to exhibit their work at the college. A 60-cover Silver Service dining chef’s academy - with full commercial kitchen and a bookable restaurant space will also be created - alongside a spa and wellness centre. 

Steven McGee, managing director for ISG’s Construction South business, commented: “The complexities of this project have ideally suited the Pagabo framework procurement route selected to bring this highly anticipated scheme to site. High performing frameworks prove instrumental in fostering strong collaboration between project stakeholders, and our early engagement on the scheme has enabled us to interrogate the brief to drive efficiencies at every stage of the build process.” 

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