Barnsley College were successful in securing funding from the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF) to enable £4million of upgrades to its award-winning sport and public services facilities.


Project details:

Client:  Barnsley College

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Barnsley

Project value: £2.85m

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

Barnsley College specialises in the delivery of vocational and higher education courses across its seven campuses.

In 2014, our college embarked on an exciting journey to enhance its sport and public services facilities. Thanks to the support of the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF), we secured £4 million in funding for this ambitious project. To bring this vision to life, we partnered with Total Group, a renowned building solutions firm. Their expertise and commitment to excellence made them the perfect choice to create a sport and public services centre of excellence.

The project involved two new build extensions and minor internal refurbishments to our multi-functioning sports hall. The aim was to not only upgrade our existing facilities but also introduce new ones that would elevate the overall experience for our students and the wider community. The college wanted to provide a first-class sporting facility that would be open to members of the public, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for all. Total Regen worked diligently to ensure that the new facilities met the highest standards. They transformed the space by installing state-of-the-art learning spaces, a dance studio, gym facilities, and a Bistro.

These additions not only enhanced the functionality of the facility but also created a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy. In addition to the new build extensions, the project also incorporated eight additional learning facilities. These included relaxing breakout areas and storage facilities, providing students with comfortable spaces to unwind and recharge. The college recognised the importance of creating a holistic learning environment that promotes well-being and supports the diverse needs of its students.

One of the key challenges of this project was minimizing disruption to the college’s day-to-day operations. As the majority of the works were scheduled to take place during term time, it was crucial to ensure that students, staff, and visitors were not inconvenienced. Total Group meticulously planned and executed the construction, taking great care to minimize any disturbances. Their professionalism and attention to detail ensured that the college could continue its activities seamlessly while the upgrades were underway.

Another important aspect of this project was its environmental impact. The college was committed to sustainable practices and wanted the project to reflect this ethos. Total Regen shared this vision and implemented environmentally-driven solutions throughout the construction process. From energy-efficient lighting to eco-friendly materials, every aspect of the project was carefully considered to minimise its carbon footprint. The successful completion of this project has transformed our college’s sport and public services facilities into a center of excellence. Our students now have access to top-notch facilities that enhance their learning experience and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The upgraded facilities have also opened doors for the wider community, allowing them to participate in various sports and activities. We are proud of the collaboration between our college and Total Regen, which has resulted in a remarkable transformation. The upgrades not only meet the needs of our students and staff but also contribute to a sustainable future. We remain committed to providing the best possible environment for learning and recreation, and this project is a testament to that commitment.

The Total Regen approach

A site assessment was carried out at design stage which enabled Total Regen’s dedicated design and build co-ordinator to gain intimate knowledge of the campus’s landscape. The surrounding area was incorporated into the build to blend the buildings amongst the landscape and other campus buildings.

A phased programme was adopted to ensure students were not disrupted from their studies, particularly during examination periods. Weekly client meetings were held to understand campus activities, study periods and college holiday periods. Works were postponed during examination periods and the most disruptive works were programme to be undertaken outside of term time.

Furthermore, a comprehensive analysis of of peak pedestrian and vehicle activity across the campus was incorporated into the project’s traffic management plan. Peak activity around the campus occurred between 9am and 3pm, and Total Regen ensured that deliveries were arranged outside of this period in order to minimise disruption.

In line with our ISO14001 Environmental Management accreditation Total Regen undertook necessary actions to minimise the overall environmental impact of the scheme at design phase. Our dedicated design and build co-ordinator worked closely with the client to enhance student wellbeing by incorporating additional features in line with the BREEAM specification such as bike shelters, large windows to increase visual comfort and PV panels to provide sustainable lighting.

Furthermore, the procurement of materials were based upon improving the building’s whole life costs. The durability, efficiency and warranty length of materials were taken into consideration to decrease maintenance costs for the college, for example LED lighting was incorporated into the build as a low energy and cost efficient alternative. This decrease in operating costs provided a larger budget for student experience.

Thanks to Total Regen’s application of meticulous value engineering throughout each phase of the works, which helped to achieve a staggering overall account saving of £200k

Key project achievements

VALUE ENGINEERING – achieved an overall account saving of £200k.

BREEAM ‘VERY GOOD’ RATED – contributing features included bike shelters, large windows to increase visual comfort and PV panels to provide sustainable lighting.

MINIMAL DISRUPTION – little impact student and staff operations through careful programming, traffic management and considerate working

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT – in line with our companies’ vision and values, our staff attended the college’s careers fair and provided work experience.

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS – the durability, efficiency and warranty length of all materials used were taken into consideration to decrease maintenance costs for the college

ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PROJECT- a strict site waste management plan was developed and implemented during the build.

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