Vocational Training Building, Wirral Metropolitan College, The Wirral

Vocational Training Building, Wirral Metropolitan College, The Wirral

Type of works: all-weather structure for construction training at college.

The College was awarded Centre of Vocation Excellence in Construction Skills and needed to simulate a suitable real working environment in order to deliver the programme. Given that training is required all year, the solution would be required to give protection from adverse weather as well as providing a spacious structure in which a qualitative learning experience could be guaranteed to the learners. The product was required to give a comfortable and user friendly environment, and be sufficiently high to facilitate the use of real construction techniques on a true scale whilst supporting classrooms within the same large multi-functional space.

The dynamic nature of the college campus means that relocatability of the structure is a distinct possibility at some time in the future; as well as being robust enough to cope with the rigours of a construction site within it, relocatability was a highly desirable feature.

The new building had to be completed within 8 weeks from order to meet the immovable deadlines of term time.

15 x 20 x 6m structure was installed and handed over on time and on budget. Masonry, bricklaying and other construction-based courses can now run in an all-weather environment.

Jared Allen, Head of Facilities, Wirral Metropolitan College said, "From first enquiry to handover, Useful Structures provided a professional prompt and reliable service that delivered the set parameters of the objective. The solution was both high in quality and cost effectiveness, a pre-requisite in both education and other business arenas".

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