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£5m investment at Hartpury College

Gloucester firm Barnwood group has been chosen as the lead contractor for the five-million-pound catering hub being built at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

Another Gloucester-based firm Vitruvius Management Services, which is leading the project, said it was 'fantastic news' that a Gloucestershire company would be doing the work which will upgrade the catering hub at the campus, driving local economic growth.

Top local design firm Roberts Limbrick Architects are working on the project under Vitruvius' instruction, taking into account Hartpury's defined challenges and functional requirements.

Between 40 and 50 construction workers are expected to be employed on site, building a flexible 'future proofed' space with classrooms that can be opened up for seminars or conferencing for 50-85 people.

Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor and principal at Hartpury University and Hartpury College said: "We are thrilled to have signed off local contractors Barnwood to build our new catering hub. This marks a significant part of our strategic plan, to support student growth at Hartpury with a first class, state-of-the-art technology catering hub for the campus"

Following the green light from Forest of Dean District Council planners in October 2020, the major project is now moving into the construction stage, starting next month.

Mark Price, project lead and managing director at Vitruvius Management Services said: "I would like to congratulate and welcome Barnwood to the Team. We look forward to having Barnwood onboard to construct Hartpury's innovative and sustainable new catering hub for the campus"

The modern facility, with state-of-the-art technology and sustainable features, will create a versatile catering hub to meet both the short and longer term demands and objectives of Hartpury to provide a greatly improved quality food service and an enhanced dining experience for students and staff on campus.

The 2,347 sq m two storey building has been designed as a multi-use space, allowing flexibility that can accommodate a variety of functions, with adaptable teaching spaces to support higher education and further education, including providing commercial opportunities for Hartpury to host external seminars and conferences with a bar and café which will be integral for social and dining events.

Ben Ramsay, main contractor and managing director at Barnwood Construction said: "We are extremely pleased to be appointed as the main contractor by project lead Vitruvius Management Services to build Hartpury's new catering building, a stunning, modern catering hub, including environmental features.... we look forward to commencing on site in August 2021"

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