Blackpool and The Fylde College Phase 2


  • Client: Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Programme: January 2013 – February 2014
  • Contract Value: £4m


Bispham Campus is the largest campus at Blackpool and The Fylde College. Over time, the learning environment had been severely hampered by poor accommodation including leaking drafty windows, lack of temperature control and noise intrusion which impacted upon attendance, retention and student success.

In a phased refurbishment, the buildings have been transformed creating a contemporary learning environment with the same high performance as a new campus but for a fraction of the cost. Phase I of the project was the Cleveleys building, refurbished in 2012. Phase II of the project comprised four buildings – Elswick, Garstang, Poulton and Thornton including:

  • 4,800m2 of aluminium rainscreen overcladding, 2,700m2 of high-performance replacement windows and 4,500m2 of over-roofing
  • Construction of two new link buildings to improve accessibility
  • New service shaft
  • Repairs to existing building fabric
  • M&E works and landscaping
  • All the above to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’.


“A key component of our 10 year redevelopment strategy for the College has been the continued refurbishment of the Bispham Campus. Our experience of working with d+b facades on Phase I, Cleveleys building, was very positive and we were pleased to appoint them for Phase II following a second successful tender. For much lower cost than an equivalent new build, we now have a contemporary campus with high sustainability credentials providing a fit-for-purpose learning environment for decades to come.”

“d+b facades’ experience and expertise has been important to the successful delivery of this challenging project. They understand the complex constraints of working on occupied buildings and the need to minimise disruption. Most importantly from a Client’s perspective, they fulfil their promises.”
John Pye, Project Director – College Capital Projects

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