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Blackpool's Fleetwood Nautical Campus sets sail

25 May 2010

Capita Symonds has been commissioned to provide multidisciplinary services on the £6.75m refurbishment of the education facilities and Halls of Residence at Fleetwood Nautical Campus at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Urban Vision – the company’s joint venture partnership with Salford City Council - will be providing client agent, M&E and structural engineering, CDMC and BREEAM services on the scheme which is due for completion in August 2012.

Capita Symonds won the contract as part of its place on the government’s £800m Buying Solutions Project Management & Full Design Team Services Framework - the biggest multidisciplinary public sector framework for property and construction services in the UK.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus (above) - one of only four specialist Merchant Navy and Maritime training facilities in the country - boasts an international reputation with students travelling from all over the globe to study there. The campus is part of Blackpool and The Fylde College, a large Further Education institution spread over four main sites along the Fylde Coast which enrols over 25,000 students each year.

The campus’ educational programme includes Cadet and Deck Rating Training Programmes to Master Mariner; STCW95 Short Courses; National Vocational Qualifications in Merchant Vessel Operations; a HND in Nautical Science; and the first year of a BSc (Hons) in Maritime Studies.

Fleetwood’s main building houses classrooms, computer suites, electronic laboratories for GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System), navigational instruments and a Learning Resource Centre specialising in maritime publications. It also includes one of the most modern Full Mission Simulators in the world. Comprising five bridges, the simulator’s database consists of approximately 40 geographical areas and 36 ship types which have all been hydrodynamically modelled for accuracy.

As well as a 100-bed halls of residence, the site is also home to the Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre (FOSC), one of the leading centres of Offshore Survival Training in the UK. Featuring a state-of-the-art Environmental Survival Training Tank, the Centre provides training for both the offshore oil and gas industries as well as Merchant Navy personnel.

AA projects will be providing cost and project management services on the project which is being designed by architects Wilson & Mason.