22 June 2011

Penwith College Officially Opens

Phase II of the £29 million redevelopment of Penwith College in Penzance has been officially opened by Lady Mary Holborow DCVO, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Superbly located, the College is part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall Partnership and provides a huge boost for education in West Cornwall.

Midas Operations Director Kevin Bate (Left) with Truro and Penwith College Principal, David WalrondThe contract was carried out by Midas Construction and comprised demolishing the old college and building three purpose designed facilities located between the 18th Century Treneere Manor and the old Girls Grammar school.  Midas also constructed a landmark 100Kw wind turbine familiarly known to the students as ‘Cedric' and a 150 metre deep bore holes to provide ground source heat. 

The central Zennon building provides reception, a library and study areas while the Gwenvor building focuses on new courses, such as construction and automotive based courses with the new Lamorna building providing Higher Education courses.

Phase I & II of the project comprise a total of seven buildings with three achieving BREEAM Excellent status and four BREEAM Very Good status.

Martin Tucker, Director of Penwith College said: "The new build at Penwith brings with it
huge possibilities for the development of new courses as well as enhanced facilities for
existing courses. All round, everyone benefits - the students, the staff and the community.
The College is committed to ensuring that students' education is not disrupted during
this redevelopment of the site."

He added: "Midas Construction did a wonderful job working on campus while the students carried on their work,

The Project TeamMidas 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."

Picture1:  Midas Operations Director Kevin Bate (Left) with Truro and Penwith College Principal, David Walrond.

Picture 2: The Project team.  From Left Chris Williams and Kevin Bate (both Midas Construction), Kevin Bottle (Capita Symonds), David Wladron, (Truro & Penwith College), Phil Cole (PBWC Architects) Martin Tucker (Penwith College)

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