Bury College awarded John Turner Construction the design and build contract to upgrade he Beacon Building and provide contemporary industry specific teaching and training facilities for the Hair & Beauty Department. This has allowed them to relocate from the outdated space at the nearby Woodbury building, which no longer meets their needs.

The ground floor of the refurbished Beacon Building is now home to a 12-bay media make-up studio, two commercial 24 station hair salons, a hair dispensary and a laundry room. Upstairs, the first floor houses three 12-bed beauty rooms equipped with facilities for nails and other beauty treatments, while the third floor features another hair salon alongside general teaching space to support the specialist classrooms. Selected salon areas will be open at specific times for members of the public to enjoy discounted beauty treatments.

With a target to achieve BREEAM Outstanding certification, careful consideration was given to the building services, in particular to the high simultaneous demand from the hair and beauty departments. Hybrid ventilation heat recovery units have been integrated throughout, providing energy-efficient air supply along with a purge boost extract system to manage the various odours from beauty products. Radiant panel heating ensures effective warmth in the larger teaching spaces.

Façade modifications include passive solar control strategies, such as the low-e glass utilised in the new curtain walling glazing and a brise soleil solar shading system on the south-facing elevation. These enhancements not only prioritise user comfort but also align with the college’s commitment to low-energy and sustainable design.

The requirements for this project were to enhance the quality of the learning environment, optimise space and layout efficiency. This allows the college to fulfil both current and future teaching and training requirements.

Client: Bury College

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




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