WORK on a new £10 million technology building for Bradford College should bring jobs for local workers, the construction firm has revealed.

The three-storey Advanced Technology Centre is being built on the Alexandra car park on Randall Well Street, near the college’s main Great Horton Road campus.

Main contractor BAM Construction, which also worked on the college's new David Hockney Building, has now finished preparation works and will soon be starting the build.

It is pledging to use as many local suppliers and sub-contractors as possible during the one-year project.

Construction manager Jason Pink said: "We are delighted to be working on another part of Bradford College's ambitious and progressive development plans.

"Having built a good working relationship with the College and our suppliers on the new campus project, we look forward to taking this momentum into the latest scheme.

"BAM will work hard and use all our skills to ensure the Advanced Technology Centre benefits students, lecturers and the wider community for many years to come."

The finished building will have the capacity for 650 students and is due to open to students in September next year.

Subjects taught there will include dentistry, green technology, engineering and IT.

Ronan O'Beirne, director of learning, development and research said: "The centre will offer students the opportunity to develop skills in advanced technologies such as robotics and 3D printing.

"It will also provide a key link with established businesses and start-ups."

Stephanie Tinsley, Interim Vice Principal Further Education, said the new Advanced Technology Centre would support the development of science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines, particularly those where a shortage of skills had been identified locally.

She said: "We will offer a dynamic, innovative portfolio of high-quality learning and services responsive to the needs of students, employers and the community, grounded in the world of work."

The building work is being commissioned by the college and financed by the Skills Funding Agency.

It is the third major construction project for the college in recent years, with the Trinity Green Campus developed in 2008 and the David Hockney Building due to open this September.