Delays For New 33m Newman RC College In Oldham

Newman RC College Under ConstructionParents have been left with significant childcare problems after delays to the completion of the new £33m Newman RC College have put back the opening for another week.

In a letter to parents, Oldham council apologise for the delays saying: 

"The new College will be able to welcome children in Years 7 and 11 on Monday, September 17 at 8.55am – and then all pupils from Tuesday, September 18 at 8.55am."

"This delay is because – despite continued monitoring and intervention – the building contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction, has not been able to meet the agreed completion date to enable Oldham Council to hand the buildings over to the College."

"We all realise how frustrating this news will be and unreservedly apologise for the delay and inconvenience, which is beyond our control."

Newman College Concept

The new state of the art college is built on the site of the former Radclyffe School and is one of a new breed of educational facilities designed around the needs of 21st century school children. Balfour Beatty, the company in charge of the project started work way back in November 2011. Work had been progressing well, but the decision to delay had to be taken when it was apparent the site would not be complete enough to allow pupils and staff to start the new term.

15 Compartment Laptop Charging LockersThe Newman RC college incorporates the latest design principles and modern technology, including over fifty bespoke laptop charging units supplied by EZR Shelving. Two 15 compartment cabinets will be used in each classroom - providing charging space for 30 laptops, netbooks or media devices. These units will provide secure and efficient storage for many years to come and are a great example of how EZR can design, build and supply storage products to a customer's exact requirements.

EZR's Andrew Musty who recently visited the site commented "Although there is still lots to do, the construction team are working round the clock to finish the project. The laptop charging cabinets were all delivered on time and are now full loaded with brand new laptop computers, I look forward to seeing them being used by the students when the term finally gets under way."

Local educational authorities or individual schools can benefit from bespoke storage products like these within the school environment, simply contact EZR Shelving for more information on 01993 779494 or email:

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