Caddick Construction has secured an £8.1 million project to deliver a 15,000 sq ft extension, alongside the refurbishment of the Henry West Building, Technology Centre and Annex at Hopwood Hall’s Middleton Campus.

The project is set to expand Hopwood Hall College and University Centre’s delivery of T-Level qualifications, which provide a two-year technical qualification for 16 to 19-year olds. The College was one of the first to be approved by the Department for Education to deliver the T-Levels, which provide a variety of classroom based learning with specialist teaching expertise alongside industry work placements.

Lewis Crichton, Head of Facilities and Risk Management at Hopwood Hall College and University Centre, said: Hopwood Hall College has an extensive and wide array of facilities, supporting a host of curriculum areas. The targeted investment into the College’s Technology Centre will expand on this offering by introducing a new Advanced Manufacturing Centre, along with expansion of current facilities to meet demand in other construction and engineering disciplines.

“Hopwood Hall College is committed to providing excellent facilities and a positive learner journey for all our students. The arrival of these new facilities will help ensure we continue to provide high quality education, meeting the needs of future industry and construction sectors.”

The North West Caddick Construction team will start on site this week and the project is set to complete in spring 2023.

Dave Burton, contracts’ manager at Caddick Construction, said: “We are proud to be helping Hopwood Hall Campus expand its facilities, including the state-of-the-art Technology Centre. This will enable the Middleton Campus to offer more T-levels and technical training, and provides a huge opportunity for students and employers to develop the skills of our future workforce.

“The College does fantastic work across a range of courses and is helping to attract new recruits into advanced construction, building trades and engineering which is welcomed by the industry.”

Caddick Construction is one of the employers offering Hopwood Hall students work placements. Michelle Swarbrick, Social Value Manager from Caddick Construction, added: “The T-Levels offer essential training on construction sites alongside specialist college-based learning. It helps employers gain a valuable early insight into the talent pool, as well as enabling the team to develop the knowledge, skills and approach of the students wanting to work within the built environment sector.”