In Zone, Preston

August 22, 2014 - News

Works at Preston’s College are now complete and were handed over on the 18th August.

The £3m project consisted of the internal refurbishment of the existing library, humanities building and the main building, together with the infill of an existing courtyard to construct a new atrium space, as well as the erection of a link extension to three existing buildings to create one unified entrance.

The new In-Zone building provides a new student reception area, and offices for enrolment, student services and careers guidance. With an impressive 15m clear atrium roof span, the three-storey project has created an enhanced student reception area for enrolment and student services & guidance whilst improving accessibility, connectivity and circulation around the campus.

The project, which began in December 2013, has provided the college’s construction students with the opportunity to study work first hand on a real life construction project. Site visits took place twice weekly with in excess of 150 students having visited since work began from a range of construction-based courses.

Principal Lis Smith said,

Our students are set to benefit greatly from the In-Zone Centre as it will provide state-of-the-art facilities, giving them access to one of the best learning environments available.

Simon Brown, Contracts Manager said,

The project at Preston’s College has provided a great opportunity for us to involve the students throughout the build programme and enable them to develop their skills and knowledge of a real live construction site.

Liz Gatheral, Head of Buildings and Facilities at Preston’s College added,

We are very pleased with the manner in which Conlon has approached the project and accommodated the sometimes conflicting needs of building on a live site. Their willingness to work with us, and also the time and knowledge they have shared with our students, is greatly appreciated. The project is a great example of collaborative working and we now look forward to the students using this exciting addition to the campus.

Michael Conlon, Chairman said,

We are delighted to have been involved  with the project which will now improve the student experience exponentially.