01 April 2011

Midas complete £29 million Penwith College Contract

Matt Jones (Senior Site Manager), Jeff Bottono (Project Manager) and Chris Hoskin (Site Manager)The second phase of the £29 million redevelopment of Penwith College in Penzance has been completed and handed over by contractors Midas Construction.

Only external works remain after the completion of the £10 million Phase II which has included three new buildings named after some cherished Cornwall locations - Sennen, Gwenvor and Lamorna.

Penwith College is a member of the Combined Universities in Cornwall partnership and the redevelopment project was funded by the former Learning Skills Council, European Regional Development Fund, Convergence through the Combined Universities in Cornwall, the Regional Development Agency and the College's own money.

The College enjoys a magnificent location looking across Mounts Bay to St Michael's Mount and provides students with a range of facilities including science and computing labs; drama and music studios; sports, exercise and games areas; general teaching rooms and an extensive range of resources.

The attractive group of seven buildings have been delivered with considerable sustainable energy credentials including a 100Kw wind turbine and 150 metre deep bore holes to provide ground source heat with three achieving BREEAM Excellent status and four BREEAM Very Good status.

Midas Operations Director Kevin Bate said: "We are delighted to have been involved with this landmark project.  It has been very rewarding especially because of the close working relationships and mutual understanding we enjoyed with the College and their design team throughout the project.

Peter Ward, Premises Manager at, Truro and Penwith College added: "Midas was engaged over two years ago to carry out the design and build of our new Penwith campus comprising nine FE/HE innovatively designed buildings with a project value in excess of £29m. Throughout the successful delivery of this project, Midas has acted professionally and efficiently during all stages of the building process. As an Estates Department, we would whole-heartedly recommend Midas as a contractor for future projects for Truro and Penwith Colleges".

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