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Farrans completes concrete frame as Barnfield College progresses at pace


Farrans Construction is making excellent progress at Barnfield College, with the completion of the concrete frame this week.

Barnfield College in Luton will be transformed as part of a wider £25m redevelopment. Farrans has been appointed on a £17m construction contract which will deliver a new four storey, prestigious building complete with central atrium and modern teaching facilities for further education. In addition to providing a 6,000 sqm further education facility, which will accommodate skills delivery for mainstream employment sectors and specialist skills in digital and engineering, it will allow for the expansion of learning provision in space better suited to modern courses.

South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has provided £4.75m of project funding as part of the Getting Building Fund (GBF) which aims to support the UK’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis. The programme funds local, ready to start infrastructure projects which will help local businesses, people and places to thrive.

Ryan McGreevy, project manager at Farrans Construction, said:

“Our team has been working hard in challenging circumstances to continue to progress our Barnfield project on time. The completion of our concrete frame in recent weeks is a significant achievement and it will enable us to begin the next phase on this project as we prepare for interior works, façade and the structural steel frame infill with feature link bridges and atrium staircase. We handed over the main carpark works early to facilitate increased parking for the College on their return from the summer break and this work included drainage and services infrastructure works. By listening to and responding to the needs of our clients we are able to reconfigure our works where possible to ensure the normal school operations are not impacted. Farrans will be working with West Herts College Group to create sustainable employment, training and skills development to leave a lasting legacy.”