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5 June 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Sodexo has won an eight-year, £11.2 million contract with Tyne Coast College Group to supply a combination of catering and student accommodation services on six sites in North and South Shields.


This builds on a six-year relationship with South Tyneside College, one of the institutions in the newly formed group.


Through the new deal Sodexo will supply three other college sites, South Tyneside College, South Shields Marine School and Queen Alexandria Campus, which have 15,000 full and part-time students in total, in addition to Ridgeway Primary Academy.


Tyne Coast College offers “a diverse and innovative vocationally driven curriculum, with close links to employers”.


Sodexo will invest in “new retail and dining facilities and has devised a bespoke food and beverage offer to suit the 12 retail, grab-and-go and refectory outlets across the sites”. These offers were developed following focus groups with students at the college in which they expressed their preference for convenience and speed, good value, healthy choices and updated dining environments where students could eat and socialise.


In addition, Student Living by Sodexo, Sodexo’s student accommodation team, will manage 204 student beds within the group’s Dr Winterbottom Halls of Residence, providing facilities management as well as student support services.


Food & Co. by Sodexo will also cater for Ridgeway Primary Academy. The company says the food offer “deinstitutionalises traditional school dinners and has been developed following research conducted with pupils in key stages 2, 3 and 4 (ages 7-16) to understand the type of food they like, how they like to eat it, as well as their preferred dining environment and experience”.