The iSTEM Centre at Preston’s College has been shortlisted for two prizes at the North West Regional Construction Awards.

The state-of-the-art facility, which opened September 2015, is in the running for Sub-Regional Project of the Year Lancashire and Leadership and the People Development Award.

Built by Kier Construction, the impressive 4,200 sq m iSTEM Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK. Set over two floors, it includes an advanced manufacturing workshop, multi-functional science laboratories, health & rehab areas and app design labs and has been purpose-built to ensure teaching is aligned with industry needs to help bridge the skills gap.

The North West Regional Construction Awards celebrate outstanding examples of excellence, innovation and best practice and recognise the finest companies and projects from across the region.

Winners announced at the awards ceremony in Liverpool on Thursday 20 June 2016 will go forward to compete in the National Awards in autumn 2016.

Becky Kay, iSTEM operations manager at Preston’s College, said: “The iSTEM centre is a shining example of innovation in the region, not just for the high standard of its education provision, but for its sustainability credentials and the facilities on offer, and we’re thrilled to be shortlisted for two accolades.”

John O’Callaghan, MD of Kier Construction (Northern), added: “We nominated the iSTEM project for these awards as we’re extremely proud of the scale, vision and end result of this project. Kier has extensive experience of providing student facilities across the country and the iSTEM centre is outstanding in every respect.”

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