Landmark Nottingham educational schemes given green light for construction

by Anna Startin

Midlands contractor, G F Tomlinson, has successfully secured two major builds for Nottingham College.

Procured via Pagabo’s Medium Works Framework, construction has been approved for a new £5.4m Centre for Employment and Independent Living for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CEIL for SLDD), as well as a new £5.4m Construction Skills Centre (CSC), as additions to Nottingham College’s existing portfolio.

Works for the CEIL for SLDD scheme will include delivering a two-storey new build with a gross internal floor area of 1,350m2, comprising 13 classrooms, teaching kitchen, dining area and ancillary spaces across its two levels, as well as associated external works.

The CSC scheme will consist of a new build specialist centre to meet the growing need to provide training for construction skilled trades in the local area.

Offering a flexible teaching and learning facility that will support the curriculum and estate objectives of the College, the 1,500m² building will comprise a large double height construction trades workshop, as well as additional classrooms, a smaller modern construction workshop and associated staff and support facilities.

Meeting the rising demand for post-16 sector education to meet the needs of local employers, the building will be used as a critical educational tool in line with the Department for Education’s (DfE) output specification in addition to supporting the sustainability ambitions of Nottingham College towards Net Zero Carbon in operation.

Chris Flint, managing director of G F Tomlinson, said: “We’re delighted that these two pivotal educational schemes are moving ahead for Nottingham College, procured through the Pagabo National Framework for Medium Works.

“We’re very much looking forward to delivering the CEIL for SLDD build alongside providing a much-needed learning facility in the form of the CSC, which will support the College’s curriculum, and more importantly, the critical demand for upskilling in the construction sector to support businesses in the region.”


Carl Ara, assistant principal at Nottingham College, said: “We’re excited to be working with G F Tomlinson to bring these two new developments on our Basford campus to fruition. As a key driver of economic growth in the north of the city, we are really aware of our responsibility to provide a curriculum offer that helps support young people and adults in the city to learn and succeed in their chosen industry. Once complete, the CEIL for SLDD and CSC buildings will provide top class education facilities for both our SLDD and construction cohorts respectively and enable us to ensure our offer is future ready.”


Adam Brumfitt, Regional Delivery Manager (Midlands) at Pagabo, said: “We’re delighted that our Medium Works Framework was used by Nottingham College to appoint a contractor for these key projects. Pagabo supported the college in understanding the procurement needs of the two projects and have delivered a successful outcome through the compliant appointment of G F Tomlinson. The two new buildings that will be delivered on the college’s Basford campus are set to have a huge positive impact on the experience of students and staff. We’re proud to have played our part in getting these schemes underway.”

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