St Modwen appoints contractor to build Broadway Malyan designed Bourneville College on site of former factory

Shepherd Construction has been appointed to a £66m job to build a college on the site of the former Rover Longbridge factory in Birmingham.

Regeneration developer St Modwen has appointed Shepherd to build the Bourneville College, which is the first phase in the creation of a £100m town centre at the north end of the former car plant.

The 250,000 ft2 scheme is designed by architect Broadway Malyan to hold 15,000 students in further and higher education, and construction is expected to start before the end of the year.

Construction is expected to take 88 weeks and provide employment for 350 people at its peak.

In total the regeneration of the former MG Rover car production plant, Longbridge is a £1bn project spanning 468 acres by St Modwen and joint landowner regional development agency Advantage West Midlands. Over the next 15 years, the scheme is expected to create up to 10,000 new jobs and 2,000 new homes.