Work begins on college's cutting edge centre
WORK has begun in Stoke Gifford on City of Bristol College's newest building.
The £12 million Advanced Engineering Centre will bring together the college's automotive and aeronautical engineering training into one state-of-the-art building, creating one of the largest engineering centres in the UK.
The new facility will include several new workshops, a hydraulics laboratory and an electronics laboratory.
For aeronautical engineering there will be a large hanger for two aircraft, avionics laboratory, technical library, engine workshop, composite material workshop and a large heavy vehicle workshop and classroom complex.
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The new centre will be built on land adjacent to the college's existing motor vehicle centre of excellence, Parkway Transport Technology Centre, which is being refurbished as part of the build.
City of Bristol College's principal Lynn Merilion cut the turf to officially commence building of the engineering centre yesterday lunchtime.
Speaking about the build, Ms Merilion said: "This new building has been created with one thing in mind – providing students with the latest technology and giving them the skills and experience they need to progress into employment.
"We are looking forward to seeing the finished product and welcoming students into this fantastic new centre of excellence."
The building will accommodate up to 1,600 students and will open in September 2013.
City of Bristol College is one of the largest further education colleges in the UK, offering more than 2,000 courses for 16 to 19-year-olds and adult learners. It caters for more than 30,000 students and employs more than 2,200 employees.