Shepherd Construction appointed preferred bidder on Daventry University Technical College contract

Shepherd Construction has been appointed as preferred bidder on an £8.5 million contract to deliver a new university technical college in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Work on the Daventry University Technical College is due to start in September 2012 subject to full planning permission being granted. The project is being led by Moulton College and the University of Northampton working in partnership with Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire County Council and a range of employer partners.

The 5,432m² college will provide students aged 14-19 with a range of full-time courses combining practical and academic studies and specialising in sustainable construction, environmental sustainability and engineering. The courses will be sponsored by the University of Northampton and employers will be heavily involved in shaping the curriculum. 

The new college, which has been designed by Mentor FaulknerBrowns Architects, is scheduled to complete in September 2013. A number of sustainable features will be incorporated including 105m² of photovoltaic panels, sedum roof and rainwater harvesting system. 

Councillor Andrew Grant, Northamptonshire County Council Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Skills, said: "The delivery of this project is crucial to ensuring we have the right skills available in the county to support economic growth and on behalf of all the partner agencies, we're very pleased to announce the Shepherd Construction consortium as the preferred bidders for this significant project."  

Peter Bates, programme director for Shepherd Construction commented: "We're delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder and we're looking towards delivering facilities that will match the vision for the UTC by providing an ideal learning environment that will promote achievement, personal development and opportunities for progression."

Shepherd also recently started work on Rugby Leisure Centre on behalf of Rugby Borough Council.