SureSet bridging the gap at Bury College Millennium Centre

Bury College is a further education college that provides qualifications for school leavers pursuing A Levels, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. It also provides a range of courses for adults, including university qualifications run in partnership with the University of Bolton.

Bury College began as Bury Technical College. From May 1940 to May 1946 Bury Technical College was occupied by the Royal Military College of Science (Fire Control Wing) to provide specialist courses in the use of fire control instruments during the war. Following Local Government reorganisation in 1974, the college merged with Radcliffe Technical College to form the Bury Metropolitan College of Further Education.

Bury College became a tertiary college on 1 September 1987, as a result of Bury Council’s decision to develop a tertiary education system for Bury. The college was formed by the merger of the then Bury College of Further Education premises in Bury and Radcliffe with Peel Sixth Form College, Stand Sixth Form College and a number of Youth Training Scheme units located in various parts of the borough.

SureSet were contacted by Clan Construction Limited in November 2017 to provide a quotation and guidance to resurface an entry footbridge to the colleges Millennium centre. The main footpath had previously been asphalted, but careful consideration was required to ensure any potential movement on the bridge would not result in reflective damage to the Resin bound paving, and also that the 10 light pillars and various surface materials surrounding the rotating entrance doors were appropriately prepared to protect the SureSet surfacing.

SureSet initially quoted for a few different build up options and worked closely with Clan Construction to come up with the best option to meet the project brief and budgets whilst ensuring all parties were happy that the final product would deliver the desired finish and be suitable for the application.

The final specification resulted in 18mm of 6mm Tuscan Barley Beach natural aggregate along with Dural colour matched movement joints and matching Dural Flexible edging profiles and our Crack Reduction Membrane (CRM) product for the area in front of the rotating doors.

The installation was completed during February half term 2018 whilst the building was closed and the students were not using the footbridge. The edging was installed by our own installation team and the following day the SureSet was installed by our sub contractor Resinators.

The Tuscan Barley Beach aggregate was chosen to provide a clean seamless finish that would complement the industrial metal hand rails and tinted glass of the building entrance as well as blending into the red bricks of the rest of the building.

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