Work on £10 million technology building for Bradford College to bring jobs for local workers

Work on £10 million technology building for Bradford College to bring jobs for local workers

A gathering to mark the start of the building work at the site

An artist's impression of Bradford College Advanced Technology Centre

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

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.

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10:03am Sat 2 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Ok they wanted to extend it but for the sake of the car park. A couple of years ago they said they would build a hundred flats on the sute.
So all the people who work at the west end lose the parking. Imagine the scenario. A woman drives to work at a club there and has to park either a fair way away or down a back street. Sometimes there are some real bellends around there.
There does seem to be a lot of unused land behind the uni abd college.
Ok they wanted to extend it but for the sake of the car park. A couple of years ago they said they would build a hundred flats on the sute. So all the people who work at the west end lose the parking. Imagine the scenario. A woman drives to work at a club there and has to park either a fair way away or down a back street. Sometimes there are some real bellends around there. There does seem to be a lot of unused land behind the uni abd college. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 5

11:07am Sat 2 Aug 14

ConcernedOne says...

Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now?

What a useless council!
Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now? What a useless council! ConcernedOne
  • Score: 4

1:35pm Sat 2 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

Why didnt they use a local construction firm?.
Why didnt they use a local construction firm?. They only do damage!
  • Score: 2

1:56pm Sat 2 Aug 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

ConcernedOne wrote:
Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now?

What a useless council!
In a car park?
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now? What a useless council![/p][/quote]In a car park? we'recitynotbradford
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Then if the Bradford Live bid wins and they get 4000 people at a gig then there aren't enough car parks.
When this question was put to Dave Boy Green he said "we are looking into it"
That translates to "we haven't got a clue"
Then if the Bradford Live bid wins and they get 4000 people at a gig then there aren't enough car parks. When this question was put to Dave Boy Green he said "we are looking into it" That translates to "we haven't got a clue" Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: -2

6:02am Sun 3 Aug 14

ConcernedOne says...

we'recitynotbradford wrote:
ConcernedOne wrote:
Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now?

What a useless council!
In a car park?
They just got rid of it, Dufus.....
[quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now? What a useless council![/p][/quote]In a car park?[/p][/quote]They just got rid of it, Dufus..... ConcernedOne
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Sun 3 Aug 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

ConcernedOne wrote:
we'recitynotbradford wrote:
ConcernedOne wrote:
Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now?

What a useless council!
In a car park?
They just got rid of it, Dufus.....
Sorry, my mistake... didn't realise that there was only one car park in Bradford. Last time I was there there were 2 NCPs, one at bottom of Leeds Road, westgate, behind the Media museum and one being constructed by Westfield.
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now? What a useless council![/p][/quote]In a car park?[/p][/quote]They just got rid of it, Dufus.....[/p][/quote]Sorry, my mistake... didn't realise that there was only one car park in Bradford. Last time I was there there were 2 NCPs, one at bottom of Leeds Road, westgate, behind the Media museum and one being constructed by Westfield. we'recitynotbradford
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

we'recitynotbradford wrote:
ConcernedOne wrote:
we'recitynotbradford wrote:
ConcernedOne wrote:
Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now?

What a useless council!
In a car park?
They just got rid of it, Dufus.....
Sorry, my mistake... didn't realise that there was only one car park in Bradford. Last time I was there there were 2 NCPs, one at bottom of Leeds Road, westgate, behind the Media museum and one being constructed by Westfield.
Have you ever tried running the gauntlet after 8.00pm in the city centre? You might be safer in Detroit.
[quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now? What a useless council![/p][/quote]In a car park?[/p][/quote]They just got rid of it, Dufus.....[/p][/quote]Sorry, my mistake... didn't realise that there was only one car park in Bradford. Last time I was there there were 2 NCPs, one at bottom of Leeds Road, westgate, behind the Media museum and one being constructed by Westfield.[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried running the gauntlet after 8.00pm in the city centre? You might be safer in Detroit. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: -1

4:48pm Sun 3 Aug 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
we'recitynotbradford wrote:
ConcernedOne wrote:
we'recitynotbradford wrote:
ConcernedOne wrote:
Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now?

What a useless council!
In a car park?
They just got rid of it, Dufus.....
Sorry, my mistake... didn't realise that there was only one car park in Bradford. Last time I was there there were 2 NCPs, one at bottom of Leeds Road, westgate, behind the Media museum and one being constructed by Westfield.
Have you ever tried running the gauntlet after 8.00pm in the city centre? You might be safer in Detroit.
Yes... many times, and do you know what? Never had a problem... but hear from a friend of a friend who's graet aunt knew a bloke that live up the street from a guy who was once atacked in a most brutal way.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOne[/bold] wrote: Where do all the families who are going to the Alhambra park now? What a useless council![/p][/quote]In a car park?[/p][/quote]They just got rid of it, Dufus.....[/p][/quote]Sorry, my mistake... didn't realise that there was only one car park in Bradford. Last time I was there there were 2 NCPs, one at bottom of Leeds Road, westgate, behind the Media museum and one being constructed by Westfield.[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried running the gauntlet after 8.00pm in the city centre? You might be safer in Detroit.[/p][/quote]Yes... many times, and do you know what? Never had a problem... but hear from a friend of a friend who's graet aunt knew a bloke that live up the street from a guy who was once atacked in a most brutal way. we'recitynotbradford
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Apollo says...

Perhaps they could employ some tutors for the courses the run instead of just taking course fees from students? That would be a form of offering employment rather than ripping people off.
Perhaps they could employ some tutors for the courses the run instead of just taking course fees from students? That would be a form of offering employment rather than ripping people off. Apollo
  • Score: 4

8:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cheesedoff192 says...

Don't fall for their lies of bringing jobs to the local community. They happily get shut of their own workforce to " make a saving". Instead they pump money in to the biggies like BAM to build the monstrosity and BMG to move the furniture from your one building to the one next door. Why not use your own porters?? Oh wait they've all been given the boot!! This new technology centreis a load of waffle. They can't fit all the staff in the Hockney building and there's no classrooms. All open teaching!! It annoys me seeing the folk from the ivory tower talk a load of waffle and grin at this photo op to boost their ego. Got rid of the self-obsessed Principal Michelle "look at my OBE". that cost the college a mint in presents and goodbye bashes. The college is full of these people. From reknown bullies from other colleges, people investigated for fraud, to those who ensure their son gets a job in their office to those who conduct business from a gentleman's handshake. This is all public money down the gutter!!
Don't fall for their lies of bringing jobs to the local community. They happily get shut of their own workforce to " make a saving". Instead they pump money in to the biggies like BAM to build the monstrosity and BMG to move the furniture from your one building to the one next door. Why not use your own porters?? Oh wait they've all been given the boot!! This new technology centreis a load of waffle. They can't fit all the staff in the Hockney building and there's no classrooms. All open teaching!! It annoys me seeing the folk from the ivory tower talk a load of waffle and grin at this photo op to boost their ego. Got rid of the self-obsessed Principal Michelle "look at my OBE". that cost the college a mint in presents and goodbye bashes. The college is full of these people. From reknown bullies from other colleges, people investigated for fraud, to those who ensure their son gets a job in their office to those who conduct business from a gentleman's handshake. This is all public money down the gutter!! cheesedoff192
  • Score: 5

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