Wynne Construction has recently been awarded a £2m project by the University of Chester. The project involves the refurbishment of two buildings at the former Shell Technology Centre in Thornton, Ellesmere Port, which was acquired by the University in order to create an engineering and technology campus.
The University plans three uses of the campus: Teaching vocational food, engineering and chemicals courses, with the creation of a new faculty of engineering and technology; Providing 22 incubator units for pre-start and small enterprises from environmental, engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors; Promoting commercial partnerships with the University and other stakeholders at a dedicated science park.
Initially, for students admitted for entry in 2014, the two existing buildings undergoing the refurbishment, will be adapted, to provide a learning resource centre, teaching spaces and laboratories. These will be occupied by academic and support staff, including technicians, librarians, administrators and those involved in business development and IT.
Chris Wynne, Managing Director of Wynne Construction, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract by the University and to be involved in the new development of the site which has been a landmark for Shell over many years. The project, working with Capita Symonds, will enable us to offer local employment and opportunities to a number of skilled workers in the North West region."
The project is due to be completed by the end of July 2014.