Ja­son is listed for top award

Rochdale Observer - - BUSINESS -

A CON­STRUC­TION man­ager from Rochdale has been short­listed for a pres­ti­gious na­tional build­ing award.

Ja­son Bam­ford, who at the time was work­ing for In­ter­serve Con­struc­tion, headed the project which has trans­formed the Print­works Cam­pus at Leeds City Col­lege, the Grade II Listed former Alf Cooke Printhalls on Hun­slet Road.

This de­vel­op­ment forms a cen­tre­piece to the col­lege’s new­est cam­pus.

Ja­son has been short­listed for the Restora­tion cat­e­gory award, spon­sored by Chase de Vere, at the Con­struc­tion Man­ager of the Year Awards 2018.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 24 at the Grosvenor House Ho­tel on Park Lane, London.

Fol­low­ing a fire in 1895 the Crown Point Print­ing Works were to­tally re­built.

At the time they were said to be the health­i­est print­ing works in the world.

The Print­works had a very close royal con­nec­tion, cel­e­brat­ing the Di­a­mond an­niver­sary of Queen Vic­to­ria in 1897 and com­mis­sion­ing play­ing cards to com­mem­o­rate the corona­tion of Queen El­iz­a­beth in 1953.

The Print­works ceased trad­ing in 2004 and the build­ing was ne­glected un­til the Leeds City Col­lege took it over in 2010.

While the build­ing only stood empty for six years this was long enough for it to fall into dis­re­pair.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the ren­o­vated Print­works was car­ried out by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Jane Dow­son, on 24 Au­gust 24, last year.

The de­vel­op­ment now houses more than 1,300 stu­dents who are study­ing busi­ness, IT, com­puter sciences and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies. The build­ing also in­cludes a restau­rant and bar, which is avail­able to the pub­lic.

Mr Bam­ford said: “From the first time en­ter­ing the Printhall, I knew this would be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to bring life back to the former Alf Cooke Print­works.

“While there had al­ready been some re­me­dial works, th­ese hadn’t stopped water or pest ingress and it was clear that there was much to do. Fast for­ward four months and we had a thriv­ing con­struc­tion site.

“I am really proud of the re­sults from the work which was car­ried out and am hon­oured to be short­listed for the pres­ti­gious Restora­tion cat­e­gory award.”

Stephen Ka­vanagh, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Chase de Vere, said: “The Restora­tion cat­e­gory award recog­nises the fan­tas­tic ren­o­va­tion work un­der­taken by tal­ented build­ing pro­fes­sion­als such as Ja­son. The works he has con­ducted at the Print­works Cam­pus are not only aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, but also pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity and a gen­uine last­ing legacy.”

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