Bam wins £40m Yeovil College redevelopment

CGI for the new college buildings

Yeovil College was one of 16 UK colleges selected by the Department for Education (DfE) last year to share in the £1.5bn Further Education Capital Transformation Fund.

The college is now starting public consultation on its plans to rebuild facilities over the next four years.

College headteacher Mark Bolton said: “The public consultation event formally kicks off the biggest investment in education in Yeovil and our local area in our living history. The quality and appointment of these areas will be fantastic for our community, our business community and our future learners, creating spaces to fulfill our high ambitions.

“The campus transformation plans will deliver a campus that reflects our approach and attitude to everything we do – only the best is good enough at Yeovil College. This is a game-changer for the people of South Somerset and North and West Dorset.

“The DfE investment secures a major piece of the puzzle for our ambitious £50m plus campus transformation plan, which started in 2020 and will be completed over the next four years in a very thoughtful and thoughtful way.

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“With more than £12m of development already invested in our college in the past year, we are making significant progress in driving the higher and technical skills needed by our local business community.”

Bam Construction director Graham Kindgon said: “Our sustainability credentials for creating net zero carbon schemes in the education sector are exceptionally strong, so this fantastic new development for Yeovil College is an ideal opportunity for us to collaborate and create the kind of built environment that people want to learn for the future.

“Our experience in circularity of materials, digital construction, engineering and design for sustainability and in passive design techniques will help us meet the needs of the modern learning environment and make it responsible.”

He added: “The result will be a net zero carbon operating campus based on the Department for Education’s sustainability principles. This means maximizing natural light, using thermal mass to regulate internal temperatures, and integrating cross ventilation to provide good air quality.

– Air source heat pumps will be used for heating and hot water, dimmable LED lighting supplements natural light, and reduced energy consumption measures. The buildings are designed to generate sufficient electricity throughout the year to meet their annual electrical needs.”

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