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Timber frame used in work on Buxton and Leek College

A large timber frame has been put in place as part of the innovative redevelopment of a college in Leek.

The project is an ambitious one and involves in excess of £8 million in terms of expenditure. Pochin Construction is in charge of the building work.

The target is to have all the work finished before the semester following the Easter break. The Leek campus should be able to take on an additional 500 students when the construction is completed.

The successful use of timber in large building projects underlines the strengths of the material, and such developments can have an impact on the popularity of wood flooring in the Wirral and other areas.

The wider impact in this specific case may be increased because the redevelopment is going to be used to support apprenticeships, as the college principal has confirmed. In addition, degree level courses could be offered to students by Buxton and Leek College.

The redevelopment scheme has attracted funds from two sources; the University of Derby and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have backed the initiative. Further, the Government is responsible for providing resources to the SFA.

John Easton, the project manager, has told the Leek Post & Times:

“The topography of the site, because of the steep nature of Leek, has made the development quite difficult. We are past that hurdle now and for this timber structure to go in will add to the momentum of the project and push us towards the Easter target.”

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