Farrans Construction is set to begin work on two new mixed-use developments in London worth more than £33m combined
Farrans has been appointed on a £17m construction contract which will deliver a new four-storey, building complete with a central atrium and modern teaching facilities for further education.
Barnfield College in Luton will be transformed as part of a wider £25m redevelopment.
In addition to providing a 6,000 sqm further education facility, which will accommodate skills delivery for mainstream employment sectors and specialist skills in digital and engineering, it will allow for the expansion of learning provision in space better suited to modern courses.
South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has provided £4.75m of project funding as part of the Getting Building Fund (GBF) which aims to support the UK’s economic recovery following the Covid-19 crisis.
The programme funds local, ready to start infrastructure projects which will help local businesses, people and places to thrive.
In Camden, Farrans will begin a £16.5m redevelopment of the existing Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Fresh Youth Academy.
The project will deliver vital new community services in facilities including a new community centre, café and gardens alongside 41 new homes, with affordable homes that will be available at Camden Living Rent.
Work will commence in March 2021 and last for 60 weeks.
A vital new community service
Cathal Montague, regional director for Farrans, said: “We are looking forward to starting work on both Barnfield College and Highgate Newtown Community Centre, both of which will further grow our presence in London.
“As a company we have developed a strong reputation as experts in the education and residential sectors.
“We have recently completed Ruislip High School and we are currently onsite on Kings College London, a complex project in the city centre.
“In the residential sector, we are currently delivering high rise developments in Coventry and Bristol city centres.”
Danny Beales, cabinet member for investing in communities, culture and an inclusive economy, added: “We look forward to beginning the redevelopment of Highgate Newtown Community Centre and providing residents with vital new community services in state-of-the-art facilities.
“A new community centre, youth centre, community café and garden, public square and spaces for local groups will be delivered alongside much-needed new homes, including Camden Living Rent homes available for key workers.”