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					 NEW CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY




   PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT THE
PENCOED CAMPUS OF BRIDGEND COLLEGE



      CONSULTATION DOCUMENT
          DECEMBER 2008
                        CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY

1. Introduction and background
Bridgend College is responsible for delivering a wide provision of vocational and
academic qualifications at the highest level of quality to students of all ages, above the
age of 14, within the local borough and beyond. The College continues to make a
significant contribution to the communities that we serve. A Further Education College
such as ours plays a critical role in so many of the national and local agendas, and
reaches out to so many individual lives (almost 13,000 individuals study with the
College) working so successfully across so many discrete markets. We offer courses
from taster and pre-entry levels through to the more traditional level 1, 2 and 3 (including
A level) programmes and through to the largest number of Higher Education courses
(including degree and masters level) run at any FE college in Wales.

The profile of our 13,000 students begins from the age of 14 (with our school link
programmes) and continues through to our current 92 year old adult student on one of
our part-time evening courses. The 2,500 16–19 year olds studying full-time at the
College exceeds the total number of sixth form students studying at all of our 10 partner
schools together.

Our links with industry, including such clients as Corus and First Cymru, are continuing
to grow and driven through our discrete work-based learning provision, which received
the highest Estyn grades ever awarded to a provider in our December inspection. But
this is still only part of the picture and we particularly pride ourselves not just on our
quality profile, which is one of the highest in the sector, but also on our student staff ratio
of, on average, less than 8 students to 1 lecturer.

Although our core business is related to the provision and delivery of education and
training programmes, the College also operates other businesses including residential
facilities, restaurants, an eighty place day nursery, hair and beauty salons, livery facilities
and even a golf course. The breadth and complexity of our business helps make this
organisation a very special and unique place and is often very far removed from the
expectations of the public.

Within the College we continue to have two main drivers. Firstly there is the stated
intention in our „Mission Statement‟ to deliver the highest quality of education and
training possible. „Second best‟ is not an option that we will consider – as we respond to
the Welsh Assembly Government‟s intention to only fund provision that has a minimum
quality profile of Grade 3 by 2008, rising to Grade 2 by 2010.

The Construction Department is one of the College‟s biggest and consists of over 750
students, with around 300 of these being full time students, and employs around 30 staff.
The current provision of construction courses is delivered on 3 different College
campuses with Painting and Decorating and Wood Trades based at the main Cowbridge
Road campus in Bridgend, Plumbing is currently delivered at Queen‟s Road on Bridgend
Industrial Estate and Brickwork is already based at Pencoed campus.

The proposed project seeks to build a new Construction Academy at the Pencoed
campus so that all provision is within one site, and gives all students opportunities for
development of additional skills.
2. Appearance of the Project
2.1 Summary of proposed changes

The organisations involved in this proposal are:
    Bridgend College
    Department of Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) at the
       Welsh Assembly Government

Bridgend College is proposing to transfer their Construction Department from its current
location across three sites to the Pencoed campus, Pencoed. One of the knock-on
benefits of this relocation will be to alleviate pressure on the main Bridgend campus and
the surrounding area, thereby improving accessibility for staff, students and local
residents.

At the same time additional investment in the Pencoed campus will be needed to ensure
that the additional full time and part time students are supported through adequate
learning resources, refectory and common room facilities.

The College has been identified as the „preferred partner‟ by the Sector Skills Council for
construction trades – the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – and this
partnership may lead to opportunities for exploring future industry initiatives. This
relationship therefore, allowing each provision to complement each other for the benefit
of the industry and the College students.

2.2 The Development
The existing Pencoed campus covers an area of 582,200 square metres although this
proposal affects the south east corner of the site only. The intended location of the
development was formerly occupied by derelict barns and other disused farm buildings.
These buildings will be demolished to make way for a new two storey building totalling
3,725 square metres that will accommodate the Construction Department. A site plan
highlighting the proposed area to be developed is shown below.




     Proposed site of the
     Construction Academy
     at Pencoed campus
3. Functional & Design Requirements
The estate accommodation will increase in real terms by 1651 square metres and this
increase in accommodation directly relates to a new teaching facility although it is
proposed that there will be peripheral development at the campus to improve the
LRC/Refectory facilities to account for the influx of additional students. The new
accommodation is subdivided into two distinct elements.
    - Teaching areas – (carpentry, plumbing and decoration), industrial scale, inclusion
       of double height spaces allowing space for constructive elements/assessments
    - Office areas – a band of office accommodation together with circulation and
       ancillary accommodation

The proposed building is a simple rectangle plan form in two storeys with a curved roof.
The scale of the building is in keeping with the existing adjacent canteen/LRC centre.
The accommodation within the block will be accessed from an internal route with
staircases at each end. The principle materials will be profiled metal cladding/roofing
(which can be fully recycled) of a muted grey colour whilst the specified windows are
powered coated aluminium of a darker grey and brickwork is specified for the plinth. All
external structures when run in a „whole life costing model‟ offer excellent performance
in terms of ongoing maintenance.

The new accommodation would support a number of the vocational trades in
construction and as such allows the College to have some large degree of flexibility for
the future, particularly in relation to other vocational programmes. Similarly the standard
classrooms can of course be used for the delivery of other courses. Moreover, the
proposed design/construction of layout means that it is feasible to convert/alter the
internal open plan spaces for alternative uses/functions.

To allow the proposal to be considered further the proposed plans for both the Ground
Floor and 1st Floor are shown below:

Ground Floor
First Floor




4. Occupant Satisfaction/Productivity

4.1 The condition of existing premises at N Block on the Bridgend campus
Within our latest Condition Survey N Block was deemed to be the area of the Bridgend
campus in most need of immediate attention. Using the rating grid below this block was
assessed as falling 100% within Categories C/D in the survey and that an amount of
almost £400k would be needed to improve the building.

     Category A   As new (space typically built within the last 5 years, or which
                  may have undergone major refurbishment within this period
     Category B   Sound (operationally safe and exhibiting only minor
                  deterioration)
     Category C   Operational (space for which major repair or replacement is
                  needed in the short to medium term-within 3 to 5 years
     Category D   Inoperable- (space at serious risk of major failure or
                  breakdown)

In terms of the building‟s functional suitability it has also scored very poorly and has
been graded as:

Category 4 – Unsatisfactory - Can only be used at excessive costs or with extreme
difficulty or for a very limited time i.e. the space fails to support current functions and is
unsuitable for current use

4.2 Inefficiencies caused by Multi-Site Delivery of Construction courses
The existing Construction Department is split across three campus sites with the main
activities managed at Bridgend, Plumbing and Gas at Queens Road and Brickwork at
Pencoed. This currently causes logistical problems and the concern is that this situation
threatens the quality of the provision and affects staff morale and the student learning
experience.

The multi-site delivery of these courses also cause problems in terms of logistics both
from a teaching and managerial perspective with Curriculum Planning, staff timetabling
and the availability of college cars for transport all being problems that have to be
addressed.
5. Management & Operational Implications

5.1 Management of the Proposed Works

5.1.1 Access to the Site - The campus is accessed from the A473, Pencoed. However,
access/egress for the proposed works - all contractors their vehicles, staff, deliveries etc
will be via the rear lane access to the college, off Felindre Road.

5.1.2 Parking - Parking of contractors‟ vehicles will be restricted to the site only.

5.1.3 Use of the Site - The site will not be used by the contractors for any other purpose
       than carrying out the works. The following steps will also be taken:
    - Obtain approval of the College for the siting of all sheds and any other structures
    - Ensure that no steps, ladders, or other plant shall be left accessible for
        unauthorized persons to enter the building site
    - The contractor will be required to keep the Site (as far as it is under his
       jurisdiction) clean and tidy at all times.
    - Materials are to be neatly stacked in a position agreed with the College. Rubbish
       is to be deposited in skips or other approved receptacles designed for the
       purpose, suitably covered to prevent windborne dispersal and unauthorised
       access.

       The contractor will be instructed that the use of the site should be in keeping with
       the behaviour suitable for an educational facility.
            Standards of dress should be appropriate for a mixed and impressionable
             populations
            Unbecoming behaviour such as gestures, sexual harassment and
             unconventional language will not be tolerated
            No radios or other audio equipment will be allowed on site

       The College will reserve the right to require the removal of individuals from site
       for the duration of the contract for clear breaches of these requirements.

5.1.4 Supervision – the nominated contractor will accept responsibility for the co-
ordination, supervision and administration of the Works. They will arrange and monitor a
programme with all subcontractors, suppliers, the local authority and statutory undertaker,
and obtain and supply information as necessary for co-ordination of the work.

Considerate Constructors Scheme - Before starting work the nominated contractor will
register the site with:
The Considerate Constructors Scheme Office
PO Box 75
Great Amwell
Ware
G12 9UY
Telephone 01920 872837

They will also be asked to comply with the Scheme‟s Code of Considerate Practice

5.1.5 Insurance - Before starting work on site submit documentary evidence and/or
policies and receipts for the insurance required by the Conditions of Contract. If any event
occurs which may give rise to any claim or proceeding in respect of loss or damage to the
Works or injury or damage to persons or property arising out of the Works, forthwith give
notice in writing to the College, the contractor and the insurers.
5.1.6 Disposal of Waste Material - Materials arising from the construction work are to
become the property of the nominated contractor except where otherwise stated. The
contractor will be expected to remove from such material from site as the work proceeds.

5.1.7 Programme - The master programme for the works will make allowance for design
and production information and proposals provided by the Contractor/Subcontractors
/Suppliers, including inspection and checking. The programme will show earliest and latest
start and finish dates and identify all critical activities. The programme shall be updated
monthly to reflect actual progress made. Progress against the programme will be monitored
and kept on site. If any circumstances arise which may affect the programme corrective
action will be taken as appropriate to minimise any delay and to recover any lost time.

5.1.8 Site Meetings - Regular site meetings will be held to review progress and to monitor
any health and safety issues that may arise.

5.2 The future of Bridgend campus
If the Construction Department is relocated to the new Pencoed campus this would
create the opportunity to redevelop the buildings vacated at the Bridgend campus. This
opportunity would lead to the following potential uses of this space:

Option - N Block would be demolished and replaced to create a new LRC and a multi
purpose 400 seat Lecture Theatre which would, through the use of flexible seating, allow
for large group teaching including Performing Arts productions, conferencing, formal
addressing of students and staff, awards ceremonies. There is also only limited large
auditorium facilities within the borough so general community needs could be identified
as part of this development. By moving the existing LRC this would allow the vacated
area to be used for the expansion of the Refectory and the creation of other student
centered facilities. Part of the development of the vacated space would be landscaped
and a central courtyard created to improve the external environment of the College and
provide an open green area for students to use.

These plans would also help to address an existing problem of traffic congestion caused
by limited parking facilities on the Bridgend campus. The transfer of over 10% of the
college‟s full-time students to Pencoed will alleviate some of this congestion which not
only causes problems within the campus but also on the roads and streets surrounding
the campus.

The rationale for this proposal is clearly identified in the above reference to the College‟s
Estates Strategy whilst this project also assists our strategic objectives of achieving high
quality provision, developing opportunities for inclusivity and lifelong learning, identifying
effective strategic partnerships and the development of an effective campus
environment.

5.3 The future of Pencoed campus
This project responds to the key issues identified within our Estates Strategy in terms of
the constraints imposed by the concentration of students and course provision at the
Bridgend site. However, it also addresses a concern relating to the low critical mass at
the Pencoed campus and our need to aim for a more distributed model of provision.

The College prides itself on its provision of basic skills and particularly the high number
of learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and all students at the College
have appropriate access to a wide range of staff and resources at all campuses.
Indeed, the increase in the student provision at the Pencoed campus will necessitate the
College moving more full time staff to Pencoed to further improve the support available.
5.4 The future of the Construction Department
The number of students that the College currently accepts onto construction courses is
currently limited, in some cases, by the space and facilities available. Similarly the
College is currently unable to expand its provision into more entry level and level 4
programmes due to the lack of resources. Currently we are not being funded for growth
due to the capping of our funding units, however, the deployment of funding units across
the different programme areas is currently being reviewed and the College may look to
reduce provision in some departments to allow for expansion in priority areas such as
construction.

Future plans also include the development and marketing of „joint‟ programmes which
will best meet the demands of the construction industry and develop individuals with a
wider range of required skills. Such programmes could be funded either through
recurrent funding or by full cost recovery thereby increasing the monies spend on
relevant construction skills training.

6. Maintenance Resources/Burdens

6.1 Security of the Site - The Contractor and sub-contractors will be requested to be fully
conversant with the contents of HS(G)151 “Protecting the Public, Your Next Move”, issued
by the Health and Safety Executive and the precautions and recommendations listed shall
where applicable be implemented to ensure the safety of children and others who may
intrude on the site.
      The contractor shall allow for all necessary watching and lighting for the protection
        of the works, materials, plant, etc., on the site from theft or damage
      The contractor shall allow for all necessary watching and lighting for the protection
        of the works, materials, plant, etc and shall take all precautions necessary to ensure
        the safety if children and others who might intrude on the site
      The contractor and his employees shall at all times during the execution of the
        works adorn suitable identification and clothing as deemed necessary by the
        Contract Administrator so that they are easily identifiable by residents and members
        of the public.
  Furthermore all contractors and their sub-contractors will be required to wear passes
  whilst on site and be in possession of permits to work.

6.2 Safety on Site

6.2.1 Health & Safety Plan - The nominated contractor shall provide, operate and
maintain on site all welfare and safety measures and amenities to comply with and as
required by the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996.
Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the European Community
Directives on Health and safety at Work, and all other safety legislation must be
observed at all times during the contract.

The CDM Coordinator must be provided immediately with all subsequent amendments
to the plan. The Principal Contractor shall allow sufficient time within the programme to
ensure any design changes can be appraised from a Health and Safety point of view before
incorporation of the works

6.2.2 Hazardous Substances - Site personnel must not exceed occupational exposure
standards and maximum exposure limits stated in the current version of HSE document
EH40: Occupational Exposure Limits

6.2.3 Permit to Work - procedures will operate for all work carried out in the following
areas: Hot work, Roof work, Lone work and permits will be required for work on existing
buildings.
6.2.4 College’s Representative Site Visits – the contractor will be asked to submit
details in advance of safety provisions and procedures which will require compliance to
be checked when the College is visiting the site. Protective clothing and/or equipment
will be provided on site for the College, the College‟s representatives and other visitors
to the site.

6.2.5 Use of Explosives – Their use is not permitted

6.2.6 Noise Control:
   - Standard – must comply with the provisions of the European Communities
       (Protection of Workers) (Exposure to Noise) Regulations ~ SI 157 of 1990 during
       the execution of the Works
   - Radios or other audio equipment – cannot be used in way or at times that may
       cause nuisance.
   - The Contractor shall comply with the Control of Pollution Act 1974, Part 3 noise
       and BS 5228 and allow for all costs from such compliance.

6.2.7 Pollution:
   - Prevention – there is a commitment to protect the site and the general
       environment, including streams and waterways, against pollution.
   - Contamination - if pollution occurs inform the appropriate authorities immediately
       and provide relevant information.
   - The contractor shall allow for taking all reasonable precautions to ensure the
       efficient protection of all streams and waterways against pollution arising out of or
       by reason of the execution of the works.

6.2.8 Pesticides – Their use is not permitted.

6.2.9 Asbestos Based Materials – the contractors will have a duty to immediately
report any suspected materials discovered during the execution of the works. The
materials will not be disturbed and a method would be agreed for the safe removal or
encapsulation including notification to the Health & Safety Executive 28 days before any
asbestos is removed.

6.2.10 Fire Prevention – there is a duty to prevent personal injury, death, and damage
to the Works or other property from fire. There will be standard compliance with the Joint
Code of Practice „Fire Prevention on Construction Sites‟ published by the Construction
Confederation and The Fire Protection Association (The „Joint Fire Code‟).

6.2.11 Smoking on Site – Bridgend College operates a No Smoking Policy across all its
campuses.

6.2.12 Burning on Site – This is not permitted.

6.2.13 Waste – This includes rubbish, debris, spoil, containers and surplus material.
This will be minimized at all times in an effort to keep the site and clean and tidy. It will
be removed frequently and disposed off site in a safe and competent manner.
   - Non-hazardous material will be disposed of in a manner approved by the Local
      Authority.
   - Hazardous material will be disposed of in accordance with relevant regulations and
      approved by Local Authority.
   - Voids and cavities in the construction: Remove rubbish, dirt and residues before
      closing in.
   - Waste transfer documentation will be retained on site
6.2.14 Electromagnetic Interference – will be prevented to apparatus outside the site.

6.2.15 Laser Equipment - Construction laser equipment shall be installed, used and
stored in accordance with BS EN 60825-1 and the manufacturer's instructions.

6.2.16 Protection of Existing Services – Before work is started all service authorities
will be notified not less than one week before commencing site operations. All positions
of mains/ services will be checked and marked and where positions are not shown on
drawings relevant details from service authorities, statutory undertakers or other owners
will be obtained. Services will be identified using the following:
    - below ground - use signboards, giving type and depth
    - overhead - use headroom markers.

6.2.17 Damage of Existing Services – If any damage results from execution of the
works the following corrective action will be taken:
   - immediately give notice and notify appropriate service authority
   - make arrangements for the work to be made good without delay to the
       satisfaction of service authority or other owner as appropriate
   - any measures taken to deal with an emergency will not affect the extent of the
       contractor's liability.

6.2.18 Retained Trees/Shrubs/Grassed Areas – Every effort will be made to prevent
damage and preserve all trees and shrubs except those that are no longer required.
Mature trees and shrubs if uprooted, destroyed, or damaged beyond reasonable chance
of survival, as a consequence of the contractor's negligence, must be replaced with
those of a similar type and age. The dumping of spoil or rubbish, excavation of topsoil,
parking of vehicles or plant, storing of materials or temporary accommodation within an
area which is the larger of the branch spread of the tree or an area with a radius of half
the tree's height, measured from the trunk will not be allowed.

6.2.19 The Building Manual - The manual is to be a comprehensive information source
and guide for owners and users of the completed Works. It should provide an overview
of the main design principles and describe key components and systems to enable
proper understanding, efficient and safe operation and maintenance. The Building
Manual is to be produced by the contractor and must be complete no later than 2 weeks
before completion or partial possession.

6.2.20 Limitations on Working Hours - Working hours are limited to normal working
hours as defined by National Working Rule 3 for the Building Industry as appropriate to the
area in which the works are located. Overtime shall be prohibited without the prior written
approval of the College.

7. Potential Transport Impacts

7.1 General - The campus is currently accessed from the A473, Pencoed. However,
access/egress for the proposed works - all contractors their vehicles, staff, deliveries etc
will be via the rear lane access to the college, off Felindre Road.

During the contract a traffic management plan will be implemented to maintain access to
occupied buildings and associated car parking areas for pedestrians and vehicles. The
chosen contractor will allow all reasonable precautions to protect visitors and users of
the retained buildings. The contractor must have a flexible approach to operations to
allow the College to continue working.
7.2 Roads and Footpaths – There will be a duty to maintain roads and footpaths,
including drains, within and adjacent to the site and keep clear of mud and debris. If
damage is caused by site traffic or otherwise consequent upon the works then there will
be a requirement on the contractor to make good to the satisfaction of the College, Local
Authority or other owner.

8. Facilities/Infrastructure for Community Use
The College anticipates a widespread use of these facilities by the local community. The
facilities provided by this project will primarily be used as part of the College‟s core
business of delivering a full and part-time education in the area of construction on this
new site.

All stakeholders within the community are encouraged to suggest additional ways of
utilising these facilities by using the following contact details.

9. How can I find out more?
If you are interested in finding out more, the plans for the new Construction Academy will
be on display at the Pencoed campus. Drop-in sessions will be made available where
you will have the opportunity to discuss the proposals with the College and our project
managers. Please read on to find out more about the consultation process.

10. The Consultation Process

10.1 Formal Consultation
This is a formal consultation process and is the result of gaining approval and funding
from the Welsh Assembly Government to undertake this project. Consultation will begin
on December 1st 2008 and will run until 31st January 2009. During this time the College
will make every effort to raise awareness with the identified stakeholders, the local
community and the general public. The College will also meet any reasonable request to
meet with interested groups.

10.2 Please let us know your views
The College is very keen to hear your views about this proposal for a new Construction
Academy in Pencoed. You can express your views in a number of ways:

In person – you may wish to attend one the drop-in sessions being hosted by Bridgend
College at the Pencoed campus on:

Friday 10th January 9.00 a.m. – 12.00p.m.
Friday 17th January 9.00 a.m. – 12.00p.m.
You are welcome to drop in at any time during these hours

By e-mail – amgibbs@bridgend.ac.uk

In writing – please write to:
Andrew Gibbs
Assistant Principal – Finance & Estates
Bridgend College
Pencoed Campus
Pencoed
Bridgend CF35 5LG

Questionnaire - You are invited to comment on any aspect of the proposal. You may
find it helpful to use the attached form
QUESTIONNAIRE RELATING TO THE PROPOSED BRIDGEND COLLEGE
DEVELOPMENT FOR A CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY AT PENCOED CAMPUS

We are interested in your views about the new Construction Academy planned for
Pencoed

1. Did you attend the drop-in session?
Yes / No

2. Do you think the building of a Construction Academy will affect you in any way?
Yes / No

If „Yes‟, do you have additional comments?
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If „Yes‟, is the impact likely to be?
Positive/Negative

3. Do you think the site will be suitable for the Construction Academy?
Yes / No

If „Yes‟, do you have any additional comments?
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If you have answered „No‟, why do you think the proposed site is not suitable?
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4. Are there any services you would you like to see being provided from the Construction
Academy?
Yes / No

If „Yes‟, what would you like to see?
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5. What other comments would you like to make about the plans for the new
Construction Academy in Pencoed?
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Thank you for taking the time to provide your views.
Please return the completed form by 31st January 2009 to:
Andrew Gibbs
Assistant Principal – Finance & Estates
Bridgend College
Pencoed Campus
Pencoed
Bridgend CF35 5LG
PROJECT PARTICULARS

       Organisation Name: Bridgend College
       Nature: New Construction Academy and associated works
       Location: Pencoed Campus, Pencoed, Bridgend
       Timescale for completion: 43 weeks commencing January 2009

       Architect and Planning:      WYG Management Services Ltd
                                    5th Floor, Longcross Court
                                    47 Newport Road
                                    Cardiff
                                    CF24 0AD
                                    Contact: John Feduik

       Contract Administrator:      WYG Management Services Ltd
                                    5th Floor, Longcross Court
                                    47 Newport Road
                                    Cardiff
                                    CF24 0AD
                                    Contact: Jeremy Davidson

       CDM Co-coordinator:          WYG Management Services Ltd
                                    5th Floor, Longcross Court
                                    47 Newport Road
                                    Cardiff
                                    CF24 0AD
                                    Contact: Wyn Batty

       Quantity Surveyor:           Bowen and Partners
                                    Edward House
                                    Dowlais Road
                                    Ocean Park
                                    Cardiff CF24 5LQ
                                    Contact: Alan Thomas

  Structural Engineer:              WYG Management Services Ltd
                                    5th Floor, Longcross Court
                                    47 Newport Road
                                    Cardiff
                                    CF24 0AD
                                    Contact: Julian C Harvey-Bennett

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer:   WYG Management Services Ltd
                                    5th Floor, Longcross Court
                                    47 Newport Road
                                    Cardiff
                                    CF24 0AD
                                    Contact: Steve Adams, Mechanical
                                               Matthew Davies, Electrical

Civil Engineer:                     WYG Management Services Ltd
                                    5th Floor, Longcross Court
                                    47 Newport Road
                                    Cardiff
                                    CF24 0AD
                                    Contact: Steve McCarthy

				
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