Work has started on a brand new specialist Construction Centre for Bournville College in Longbridge.
The new centre will provide a contemporary, hands-on educational environment for students studying construction disciplines, including vocational subjects such as Bricklaying, Plumbing & Heating and Painting & Decorating. It will cater for full and part time students, including offering apprenticeship programmes to industry and for adult learners looking to retrain.
Located next to The Factory Young People’s Centre and Longbridge Technology Park the new centre will be much closer to the main building of Bournville College.
Mark Batchelor, construction manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are really pleased to be bringing forward the development of the new Construction Centre. The creation of a specialist facility to accommodate training the skilled future workforce of the construction industry is a significant addition to the College’s offering. It’s location at Longbridge, which benefits from superb connectivity means that is will be accessible to both local residents and people coming from the surrounding areas.
“Students will benefit from the centre’s close proximity to existing amenities at Longbridge, including the growing number of retail occupiers. We look forward to the new building taking shape and to welcoming new students to Longbridge at the end of the year.”
Norman Cave, principal of Bournville College, added: “The new Construction Centre will support our ambitions to expand and enhance our service offer, specifically within the vocational and wider construction disciplines. In addition to the traditional construction courses, we will be offering new subjects covering the latest sustainable skills and technologies. It will offer a modern, purpose built environment for students and staff adding to the existing facilities at our main campus building situated adjacent to the site of the new development.
“Bournville College offers a variety of courses for school leavers, adults, employers and international students. The new construction centre will also help us to provide more tailor-made, bespoke training targeted at businesses.
“We are excited about the prospects of the new centre and can’t wait to welcome new students to the facility later this year.
Contractor Morgan Sindall is currently working on the construction of the centre, which is expected to be completed in the autumn.