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HME lands record contract for new Devon university technical college

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West Midlands-based HME Technology, the leading manufacturer and installer of design and technology equipment, has completed its biggest ever single site contract.

The Bromsgrove company has won a £380,000 order as part of a new £10 million university technical college in Newton Abbot.

Julian Davis, managing director, said: “We are very pleased at the project has progressed.

“This has been a flagship project for us and will act as a ‘showroom’ for our products in the South West.

“We had to beat off strong competition – they came to us because they wanted the best. This is our first UTC order and our largest ever for a single site.”

Founded in 1984, HME Technology products include forges, brazing hearths, furnaces, welding tables, fume extraction systems, kilns, woodworking equipment, wood dust extraction systems, metal finishing, routers and CNC machines. It also supplies fume cupboards and ventilation systems for science departments.

The contract was won via BAM Construction which is building the new facility on a former garage site on Kingsteignton Road in the town.

The scheme has seen BAM demolish existing buildings as well as carry out extensive remediation to remove asbestos and hydro carbon contamination. The four-storey facility will be used by 600 pupils and 75 staff. The college will specialise in water, engineering and the environment, with open-plan learning spaces and technical workshops.

It opens in September but is not expected to be fully operational until January.

Looking to attract students, the college states: “There are lots of things that make a UTC different from any other school. Perhaps the most important feature is that students work day-to-day with the best local employers through Challenge Projects.

“These bring the curriculum to life, help develop job-ready skills and provide the inspiration to think about future careers in science, the environment, engineering or civil engineering.”

Set up by the University of Exeter and South Devon College, the UTC is supported by a number of employers including Centrax, Galliford Try and South West Water, as well as the Environment Agency and national charity WaterAid.

The UTC is intended to provide a new pathway to higher education and apprenticeships for young people with a flair for science, engineering or civil engineering.

The complex features eight specialist engineering workshops and seven science laboratories as well as ICT and general teaching space.

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