CDM-C Blackburn College RATH building

What the project involves

Blackburn College has significantly improved facilities at its town centre campus thanks to a £5.5 million Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) – with Aegis playing a key role in the construction project.

Aegis was appointed in 2012 as CDM co-ordinators for the design and construction of the RATH. Completed in 2014, the state-of-the-art building will produce engineers and technicians to meet the needs of the regional automotive industry.

The RATH building accommodates specialist teaching facilities for automotive studies, including electronics, motor sport and maintenance. The two-storey 2,300 sq m building will also provide support space in the form of general and IT classrooms, a rig analysis lab, staff rooms and reception.

The new building was developed collaboratively with input from leading car manufacturers such as Chorley Nissan, Blackburn Audi, Bowker BMW, and Simpson Skoda as well as the Institute of Motor Industries.  It features the latest equipment and technology to deliver the skills the motor industry needs in the 21st century, while enabling students to benefit from real-life conditions to practise their skills.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis’ provision of CDM solutions involved co-ordinating health and safety arrangements to ensure processes and procedures for all activity on the site were implemented effectively.

Aegis is adding extra value by working with the college to implement and manage new CDM 2015 regulations, which came into force in April.

CDM 2015 aims to improve health and safety in the construction industry by clearly defining roles and responsibilities on construction projects.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

As well as the RATH, Aegis has been providing CDM co-ordination services for two other major building projects that are transforming the college.

Our productive partnership across a broad range of building and construction activities means Aegis has a firm grasp of the college’s requirements. This in turn means we can operate efficiently with construction companies and other on-site suppliers of services and materials.

The first development we were involved in was the college’s £7 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building, completed in 2013.This is now delivering a curriculum to meet the needs of employers for skilled and resourceful workers, though apprenticeships and other learning programmes.

The third project is a new £13.5 million sports and leisure facility, which was under construction in the spring/summer of 2015. The project team at Aegis worked with DLA Architecture, Pearson Fraser (employer’s agent and quantity surveyor), as well as Beardsley Construction, to help deliver the building. It comprises two sports halls, 80 station fitness centres, aerobics studio, six-lane swimming pool, rehabilitation pool and sports science performance and testing laboratory.