25 June 2019
ISG has secured its latest framework project with the Department for Education (DfE) and Lionheart Academies Trust to create a new community sixth form campus in Leicester city centre.
The new Beauchamp City Sixth Form campus will transform former call centre facilities for telecoms giant BT in New Albion House on Dunkirk Street and the adjacent Wellesley House on Wellington Street.
The comprehensive refurbishment and reconfiguration programme will create a modern sixth form centre within the two buildings, incorporating 33 classrooms, 11 laboratories and a learning resource centre, as well as ICT suites, social areas, and private study spaces.
Designed by Associated Architects, Leicester’s new sixth-form college will create a centre for excellence for the study of STEM subjects, as well as a range of humanities and social sciences.
The creation of this new post-16 study centre will provide a major boost to the region and enhanced outcomes for students, with a core aim to forge close relationships with industry in the city through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
Work to realise the vision for Beauchamp City Sixth Form commences in November 2019, with a full internal strip out of both existing buildings.
ISG will install new, high-performance mechanical and electrical services and comprehensively reconfigure the layout within the buildings to create a contemporary and inspiring learning environment that is set to open its door to students in September 2020.
Wayne Flannery, ISG’s regional director for the Midlands, commented: “Delivering an entirely new sixth form college in the heart of Leicester city centre is a project that will derive a long-term legacy for the local community and wider city region.
“It’s clear to see the positive social value generated by projects of this nature, and this brings a real passion and singularity of purpose from our extended team to deliver an outstanding result for the Trust.
“The DfE framework procurement route has enabled all project stakeholders to come together and collaborate at an early stage, identifying key challenges and developing smart solutions to drive efficiencies throughout the programme.
“By working closely with the Trust, we have all been inspired by its vision for a new standard in post-16 teaching facilities and there is great anticipation as we move forward with the meticulous planning stages ahead of our start on site later this year.”