Cardinal Newman College Phase 3, Preston

Fresh new teaching facilities for Cardinal Newman College
Cardinal Newman College
1,569 sqm
August 2015
Ellis Williams
Client's Specification


Eric Wright Construction were appointed as the main contractor for the design and construction of a new modern build teaching facility at Cardinal Newman College.

The new build St Francis Building provides state-of-the-art teaching accommodation for Sociology and Maths consisting of seminar rooms, open learning, study areas, IT room and a Costa Coffee shop.

The construction of this development is built of steel frame with concrete floors and feature brickwork/rendering details to external elevations with flat slate roof coverings.

The construction works were undertaken adjacent to an existing education facility which remained in use throughout the duration of the project.

local-workforce   79% Local workforce                    ccs-score   40/50 Considerate Constructors score                       waste-recycled   100% Waste recycled

Key Challenges

This project was undertaken on an extremely restricted, tight, operational site on the main crossing point from the city centre to the College.

A temporary pedestrian crossing was put into place and safety procedures to ensure the welfare of the college users, employees and local community.

Our site cabins and material storage were located away from the site and delivery times restricted.

The client’s specification required the building to have natural ventilation, which was a difficult constraint due to the building location on the main road resulting in traffic fumes and noise.  Whilst this was difficult we were able to provide a result which offered the correct balance.

Added Value

At the back of the College there was a small area which was not included in the contract.

From the original budget Eric Wright Construction were able to provide a small paved area, garden space and seating for students to enjoy on their breaks.

We also offered a number of student site visits and student engagement opportunities including site newsletters.

Client Feedback

“The brand new St Francis Building is a wonderful new addition to the College’s already fantastic facilities. The expansion comes as the College is also expanding its provision into HE courses, including School Direct, an Initial Teacher Training programme and Foundation Degree courses in Teaching & Learning Support and Early Years. We couldn’t be more pleased with how the development has gone and are thrilled with our new building.”
Nick Burnham
Principal at Cardinal Newham College

Get in Touch

For all enquiries, please get in touch with the team here at Eric Wright.