Work due to start on new council offices and improved college facilities this month

WORK on a �10 million contract to build new county council offices and create state of the art facilities at the College of West Anglia is due to start on site this month

Cambridgeshire County Council is investing �6.5 million in the new offices on the campus, which will house around 240 staff and will allow the authority to have a visible presence in the town.

The council is also investing �5 million in the technology block, which is part of a �35 million investment that will allow students to study in bespoke facilities including an engineering training centre.

Construction and design company Morgan Sindall have won the contract. Their area director, Bob Ensch, said: “The upgraded campus will bring genuine benefits to its students and the local community. It has an important role to play in the region, giving young people in and around Wisbech the opportunity to develop their skills in key occupational areas, thereby increasing their chances of gaining employment in this challenging economic climate.”

Local contractors will have the opportunity to bid for tenders on the scheme, which will involve around 60 to 70 people working on site. Both buildings will include new biomass heating systems, which burn either gas or wood chips from waste wood.

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Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, cabinet member for performance and resources, said: “This project is a major development in Wisbech, which will bring benefits to the whole community.”

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