West Herts College has kick-started the second phase of development at its new Hemel Hempstead campus, launched in 2017, which entails the construction of a modern engineering and construction wing.

The college have appointed major international building and civil engineering contractor Farrans, who have previously worked on high-profile projects including the expansion of London Luton Airport and the construction of the £165m Victoria Square commercial hub in Belfast, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in Ireland.

The new, two-storey college facility in Hemel Hempstead will provide circa 3600 sq.m. of floor space for engineering and computer science laboratories and workshops for motor vehicles, plumbing, carpentry and welding, alongside classrooms and staff space.

Gill Worgan, Principal and Chief Executive at West Herts College, says: “This second phase of our campus redevelopment doubles the teaching space available at our new Hemel Hempstead campus, creating professional facilities to meet the skills needs of local employers.”

The build is on a fast-track programme with work set to begin in January 2019 and complete by early 2020. Both the campus and new wing have been supported by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has invested a total of £11m from the Local Growth Fund towards the project, of which £6m will be used to complete Phase 2.

Adrian Hawkins, Deputy Chair at Hertfordshire LEP, says: “Since opening its doors in 2017, West Herts College’s new campus in Hemel Hempstead has proved a fantastic asset to the local community, providing a vibrant and inspiring place for students to learn. The new Engineering and Construction wing will build on this success, offering top-quality training facilities and an expanded range of courses that cater to Hertfordshire’s growing industries.”

The Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, says: “The Government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future. This £6 million investment from the Local Growth Fund will expand the engineering and construction offer at the Hemel Hempstead location, making it a flagship campus and a centre of excellence providing people with the skills they need to secure high-value jobs in the region.”

Pictured below: the new West Herts College campus in Hemel Hempstead, launched in 2017.