Bicton College celebrate landmark day

12:08 28 August 2014

Bicton College rugby

Bicton College rugby


The Governors of Bicton College are celebrating a landmark day for the FE college with completion of phase 1 of a brand new sports hall onsite.

As the College gears up for the 2014-2015 academic year the new sports hall will provide extended space for the increasing number of students studying Sports Performance and Excellence at the College. The completion of phase 1 of the new hall marks a significant milestone in its construction, with the 26 week build due for completion in early January. Helping to mark the occasion is Chair of Devon County Council, Councillor Gribble as well as Jack Nowell of The Exeter Chiefs who represents the special relationship that the College has with the Exeter Chiefs Academy.

Built by leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, the new hall will supply circa 710m2 of space for the broad range of sporting activities. The hall will contain cricket nets, 4 badminton courts, basketball nets, changing rooms, a landscaped outside area and a PE store. There will be the option to have a full size basketball court as well as 4 small courts.

The project evolved as a result of the move of Mill Water School to the Bicton College site. The hall has been designed and built to be a shared facility with use timetabled for both the School and the College. With funding support for the £1.3m cost in part from Devon County Council, the new sports hall is being shaped to the specific requirements of the School, the College and all of their students, with the construction in turn evolving around this.

As David Henley, Principal explains ‘Bicton College is pleased to acknowledge the support of Devon County Council in the construction of the new Sports Hall. The new space will enable our College Sports Maker to extend the already vast range of enrichment and sporting activities available to our students. It will also add to the excellent provision for students within the prestigious Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy and the young women who join us for the first time in September as part of these AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) Rugby Academy.’

From a construction point of view, Morgan Sindall was more than happy to bid on such a project. The facility is custom-made and incorporates feedback from the team at Bicton College. The materials used have been sourced for their environmental integrity by the project team. As Chris Spear, area director for Morgan Sindall, explains: “We’re very pleased to be marking the start of work on this exciting project. Once complete, the new sports hall will provide Bicton College with a great, purpose-built facility. The new building will feature a number of sustainable elements and will be clad in Siberian Larch – an attractive, hard-wearing, eco-friendly timber.”

Mr Spear continued: “It’s great to be working with Bicton College to create this new facility and the project team is looking forward to bringing their extensive experience in delivering educational sports facilities to bear on this project, which will be a great addition to the College campus.”

The hall marks the first stand-alone sports hall that Morgan Sindall has tackled in this region for a while and the project has brought in a number of contractors including local groundworks company Haldon Plant.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 12:29

Exmouth Cricket Clubs trio of talented teenagers selected to travel to South Africa early next year with Devon Youth Cricket Development squad are collectively so grateful to all the assistance they have had from Exmouth CC during the early stages of their cricketing careers.

Read more
Thu, 12:29

Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club junior fencers confirmed their reputation for technique, tactics and fitness by returning from the Devon Junior Foil Championships this year with a haul of 10 medals of which five were gold.

Read more
Thu, 12:28

Budleigh ladies and Seaton ladies were unable to breech the others defence as their Westward Developments Women’s League Division One meeting ended 0-0, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 12:28

East Budleigh Reserves moved into the third round of the Devonn Intermediate Cup with a fine all round team display to knock-out Paignton Villa, beating the South Devon outfit 2-1 at Vicarage Road last Saturday, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
Thu, 12:28

Exmouth Spartans were forced to settle for a share of the spoils when they drew 1-1 with K and M Polonia in a Macron League meeting.

Read more
Thu, 12:28

Budleigh Salterton Reserves were edged out by the odd goal in five when they entertained Newtown Reserves, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 12:28

Budleigh Salterton were granted a walkover into the next round of the Wotton Printers Devon FA Under 16 Cup Devon Cup when scheduled opponents Plymstock cried off last weekend, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 12:27

Otterton were without a game last weekend.

Read more
Thu, 12:27

Lympstone Rangers Under-13s came away from Copplestone Cobras with all three points after a dominant performance that saw the win 3-1.

Read more
Thu, 12:27

Exmouth Town Reserves travelled to South Devon where a 5-3 success over Babbacombe saw them move smoothly into the next round of the Devon Senior Cup, writes Dave Butler.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications