Lancashire Energy HQ, Blackpool & the Fylde College

What the project involves

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ is a new flagship development on Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

The £9.8m educational facility represents significant investment in technical and professional education for the energy sector, which will drive business growth and jobs in the area.

It is designed to provide a cutting-edge education and training facility local students, delivering the full range of technical and professional education required by the industry, with a focus on the green and renewable sectors.

Part of the Northern Powerhouse project, Lancashire Energy HQ aims to attract high-skilled jobs and businesses to area.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis was appointed to provide CDM principal designer services to the college for the design and build of the Lancashire Energy HQ facility on the site of the former airport terminal. The construction project ran from April 2016 until June 2017.

The facility is equipped with industry-standard resources and technology to support the delivery of technical and professional training for the energy sector.

The building includes workshops and accommodates specialised skills training for the energy sector, especially oil, gas and wind. In addition it incorporates teaching classrooms, staff and administration facilities, ancillary spaces, kitchen and supporting spaces, refectory and atrium.

The construction comprises a new two-storey steel frame, formed through a double height space with curved roof to the rear and two-storey space with flat roof to the front. It is a BREEAM Excellent building, with an extensive solar heating system on the roof.

Aegis’ CDM solutions required us to co-ordinate health and safety arrangements to make certain processes and procedures for all on-site activity were meticulously implemented.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

For nearly a quarter of a century, Aegis has provided value-adding CDM services for major development schemes.

Since the since the initial introduction of the CDM regulations in 1994, we have been instrumental in numerous major projects across the North West. This means we have developed deep knowledge and specialist insight into our clients’ specific requirements.

In addition to Lancashire Energy HQ, we have worked on a number of education projects including  Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Advanced Technology Centre and Construction Skills Centre,  Preston’s College’s iSTEM Centre, Blackburn College’s RATH Building and leisure centre, Myerscough College’s high performance centre and student accommodation block, and Bolton School’s sixth form centre.