Novus appointed to build £1.5 million college extension in Stoke

by Francesca

Contractor Novus Property Solutions has won a £1.5 million contract to deliver a three-storey extension at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. 

The project marks the second education sector win for the contractor in Stoke in the last year, after it was appointed to deliver a £1 million extension at Excel Academy in April. 

Novus will create a 7,524 square foot space which will include new teaching facilities and workshops, as well as a large performance room and IT laboratories. It will provide extra teaching capacity and more flexibility for the only dedicated Sixth Form provider and largest provider of A Level Academic courses in the city, allowing for a greater intake of students. 

Work will be carried out during term time with measures in place to avoid disruption. Completion is set for August 2020 in time for the new academic year. 

Dean Povey, Build Senior Operations Manager at Novus, said:

“It’s testament to our reputation for delivering exceptional results for the education sector that we’ve secured another contract to improve learning facilities in our home city. 

“Sixth forms increasingly provide more varied and vocational programmes, which call for more specialised and technical spaces. Our extensive know-how means the project will be executed efficiently and with minimal disruption to pupils and students. We look forward to providing an exciting new learning space for the next generation.” 

Matthew Marshall, Deputy Principal at Stoke Sixth Form College, added:

“This is a major step forward for Stoke Sixth Form College. With demand so high, and the first teaching of the government’s flagship T Level Courses from September 2020, this development will complement the excellent facilities of the college, Fenton Manor Sports Complex and the shared facilities of the University Quarter (UNIQ). 

“It’s vital that sixth form colleges provide young people with the very best facilities to nurture their talent before they head into the world of work or university. This project will ensure we provide that.” 

The work is being delivered in collaboration with architect Wood Goldstraw Yorath and project manager Thornton Firkin.  

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