Breaking ground marks beginning of new campus for Richmond upon Thames College

06 June 2018

Breaking ground marks beginning of new campus for Richmond upon Thames College

ISG has marked a significant milestone in the redevelopment of Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), with a ground-breaking ceremony held at the Twickenham campus.

The event celebrated the beginning of construction works on the phase 1 building, a major part of RuTC’s new £80 million world class state-of-the-art facility

The new building will provide an exciting and innovative learning environment within the grounds of the current college site, with students, employers and the local community able to take advantage of top of the range facilities at the revamped RuTC campus.

New high-tech facilities are set to include a TV studio, theatre, 3D prototyping FabLab, art gallery, silver service chef’s academy complete with sprawling views of Twickenham, business incubation spaces, a spa and wellness centre, sports centre and digital golf studio.

Over 70 people attended the ground-breaking event, which was hosted by principal and CEO of RuTC, Robin Ghurbhurun, and ISG project director, Richard White. 

Will Whitmore, RuTC construction crafts apprentice, was handed both the responsibility and spade to officially break ground and signal the start of the project.

Robin Ghurbhurun said: “I’m delighted that we have now started the first phase of the new college campus. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been on this journey with us and for your commitment and expertise in helping create, what will truly become, a world class post-16 centre of excellence”.

Richard White commented: “At ISG our vision is to become the world’s most dynamic construction services company, delivering places that help people and businesses thrive.

“These new facilities will provide a hugely positive legacy for many generations to come.” 

Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, was in attendance and took the opportunity to thank those who had “helped steer a very tricky project through to the breaking ground stage”. 

The college will continue to operate in the original buildings while construction takes place, and the project is due for completion at the end of 2019.

The redevelopment of the 22-acre site is a partnership between RuTC, Haymarket Media Group, Harlequins, Clarendon School, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children.