Kier has won a contract to build South Devon College’s Energy Centre in Torbay, it was revealed yesterday.
Construction on the new facility is due to start later this month and is due for completion in summer 2013, providing about 400 local private sector jobs.
When completed, the Energy Centre will provide training to local businesses and individuals as well as market research and development facilities for companies creating new technology and products.
Kier operations director David Snell said: “The new Energy Centre, with its bold design and prominent location, will establish Torbay at the heart of the renewables industry in the South West.”
Funding for the centre was recently been boosted by a £2.4M grant from the South West European Regional Development Fund Competitiveness and Employment Programme 2007/13.
This added to the £1.2M from the Regional Growth Fund and £2M from the Skills Development Agency.