Surgo Appointed to STEM Centre Contract

As part of its plans for expansion, Middlesbrough College has recently awarded a design and build contract to extend its STEM Centre to main contractor, Surgo Construction.

In June this year, Middlesbrough College announced its selection by the DfE to be a partner college in the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT).

Led by New College Durham, the college will be the sole deliverer of IoT accredited courses in the Tees Valley. These courses will include higher education qualifications in Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Construction Planning and the Built Environment as well as Information and Communication Technology and Business Management.

This latest £3.1million project, which has received £2.7m funding from the DfE, will extend the College’s existing STEM Centre at its Middlehaven campus by 11,800 sqft to enable the college to deliver a higher level of technical training through the IoT.

With many successful education contracts to its credit, including the college’s MC6 Sixth Form Centre, Surgo is extremely well placed to deliver the scheme and support its growth at such an exciting time for the Tees Valley.

Speaking about its latest contract win, director, Jeff Alexander, said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed on a design and build basis to extend the existing STEM Centre and are looking forward to commencing on site soon.   Working closely with the college and other stakeholders we will ensure that any possible disruption to studies by our presence on site will be kept to an absolute minimum.”

Adding her thoughts on Surgo’s imminent start on site, College principal Zoe Lewis, said.

“We have over 15,000 students attend the College annually, and over 3,000 of them will pass through the STEM Centre each year. This includes full-time students, those looking to retrain or upskill, as well as apprentices.

“Having the prestigious IoT status cements our status as a provider of high-quality technical qualifications, working together with our students and employer partners to upskill the regional workforce and support local businesses.

“I’m delighted that Surgo is on board and will use its extensive experience in our sector to deliver a great new addition to the college’s STEM Centre.”

Professor Brian Cox is scheduled to open the new Centre next year.