Aegis has played a key role in the construction of the new multi-million pound iSTEM (Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building at Preston’s College.
Set over two floors, the impressive 4,200m2 iSTEM Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK and cost over £13 million to build.
The building was designed by IBI Taylor Young and built by Kier Construction. It includes an advanced manufacturing workshop, multi-functional science laboratories, health and rehabilitation areas, 3D printing and rapid prototyping facilities, and software application design labs.
Aegis was appointed as CDM Co-ordinators for the design and construction of the building.
The project involved the demolition of two existing teaching blocks, re-alignment of roads, and the construction of the new facility. This involved new incoming electrical infrastructure works, a new centralised boilers, followed by refurbishment and decant works.
Construction took place between May 2014 and August 2015.
The revolutionary centre will allow students to work on live briefs alongside key employers in the region and sets out to improve the employability of students by equipping them with the skills required by industry, as well as delivering nationally recognised qualifications.
It will also play a crucial part in addressing the need for a talented workforce in STEM related sectors and its mission is to ensure teaching is aligned with industry needs to help reduce the growing skills gap. Each course at Preston’s College has been redesigned with input from local employers and partners, including Baxi, Eric Wright Group and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Aegis’ provision of CDM solutions involved co-ordinating health and safety arrangements to ensure all processes were adhered to and implemented effectively.
Preston’s College has a policy of employing local firms, so long as they offer value for money and have the appropriate skill set. The college identified Aegis as filling this criteria and requested that we submit a tender for the CDM Co-ordination role.
The college and DTZ, the project managers, selected Aegis as a result of the detailed proposal we submitted which highlighted the quality of the service we provide to clients.
The Aegis CDM Co-ordinator appointed to the project – Emma Eldershaw – has worked on many further education projects across the North West, and our expertise and experience across a wide range of construction activities meant Aegis had a firm grasp of the college’s requirements.
We regularly partner with other local firms meaning we can operate efficiently with construction companies and other suppliers. Throughout the process we worked closely and effectively with Kier Construction.
The project has now reached completion and the iSTEM Centre opened on 1 October 2015.