Building would help train 'workforce of the future'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist’s impression of the building that would be dependent on Government funding An artist’s impression of the building that would be dependent on Government funding

A £10 million “advanced technologies” building near Bradford College could help produce a much-needed workforce for high-tech industry.

On Monday, the college is holding a public consultation on the plans for a new building, which would teach green technologies, electrical engineering, and computer design among other subjects.

The building would be built on the Alexandra car park – near the under-construction Hockney Building – a £50 million state-of- the-art extension to the college which opens later this year.

Among the facilities at the centre would be dental and optical laboratories and specialist workshops.

The project is in its early stages and the public will be asked for their input before it goes through the planning process.

A college spokesman said: “The state-of-the-art centre will provide a superb student experience. Its location next to the College’s £50m David Hockney Building will allow new students access to first-class resources and outstanding student support services.

“Although these plans are in the very early stages of development and are all subject to funding and planning approval, the college is keen to continue to play its part in the regeneration of Bradford.

“We hope that the people and businesses of Bradford will support this exciting and innovative addition to the college’s main campus and encourage the public to attend the consultation.”

A similar technical college plan, proposed by Bradford University in 2010, never moved beyond the planning stages, despite support from Bradford Council.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment and skills at the Council, said: “This new plan highlights the confidence that the College has in Bradford’s young people.

“Bradford has a higher proportion of manufacturing industries than many other cities, so an investment in an advanced manufacturing facility is really relevant for our local economy.

“Bradford College has a good business case for the development, it is however early days and the plans are dependent on a bid for national Government funding to make this project happen.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services, said: “It sounds like a brilliant project that will help young people in Bradford get the best education. It is important that with our growing young population we train our young people with technical skills needed for these industries.”

The consultation takes place on Monday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at the college’s Sir Henry Mitchell Hall in the Old Building, Great Horton Road.

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10:11am Thu 13 Feb 14

Andy2010 says...

Yay another artists impression
Yay another artists impression Andy2010
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10:57am Thu 13 Feb 14

JAtkinson says...

National funding? For northern kids?

Oh well, never mind.
National funding? For northern kids? Oh well, never mind. JAtkinson
  • Score: 4

11:29am Thu 13 Feb 14

Avro says...

Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first!
Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first! Avro
  • Score: 8

12:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Andy2010 says...

Avro wrote:
Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first!
They need to instruct some developers to draw up some artists impression of what the kerb crawlers look like first
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first![/p][/quote]They need to instruct some developers to draw up some artists impression of what the kerb crawlers look like first Andy2010
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Some good work going on up Great Horton Road with the new Hockney Bradford College building well on the way to completion. This building looks a fine addition to that complex when built, not sure how a swimming pool in the Odeon building fits in with this student quarter, surely a Music Venue would be a good fit in with this area of Bradford city centre...it being full of students. Bradford council needs to show more courage( forget Leeds and it's arena, like Leeds council did when giving the green light to the White Rose extension despite Westfields protestations, and do what is best for Bradford) and plump for the obvious rather than the hopeless swimming scheme.
Some good work going on up Great Horton Road with the new Hockney Bradford College building well on the way to completion. This building looks a fine addition to that complex when built, not sure how a swimming pool in the Odeon building fits in with this student quarter, surely a Music Venue would be a good fit in with this area of Bradford city centre...it being full of students. Bradford council needs to show more courage( forget Leeds and it's arena, like Leeds council did when giving the green light to the White Rose extension despite Westfields protestations, and do what is best for Bradford) and plump for the obvious rather than the hopeless swimming scheme. bcfc1903
  • Score: 9

3:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

aje2010 says...

I typed "positive quote" into google and got this. I've not visited the T&A online lately, and find it full of negativity.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
I typed "positive quote" into google and got this. I've not visited the T&A online lately, and find it full of negativity. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. aje2010
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Thu 13 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Avro wrote:
Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first!
Blame the BNP/EDL animals for that.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first![/p][/quote]Blame the BNP/EDL animals for that. The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

4:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Andy2010 wrote:
Yay another artists impression
Probably took a kid in secondary school about 5 mins to do (using a software application).
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: Yay another artists impression[/p][/quote]Probably took a kid in secondary school about 5 mins to do (using a software application). The Hoffster
  • Score: -2

7:36pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ConcernedOne says...

I work opposite the proposed site and the car park is full all day and all night (especially with parents using their cars to take their kids to the Alhambra). Where are all these cars going to park when this is built?
I work opposite the proposed site and the car park is full all day and all night (especially with parents using their cars to take their kids to the Alhambra). Where are all these cars going to park when this is built? ConcernedOne
  • Score: 0

11:30am Fri 14 Feb 14

Apollo says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Avro wrote: Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first!
Blame the BNP/EDL animals for that.
Nope - wrong again. Blame the feral Asians on their way to mosque for that.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Might be an idea to tackle the "good boys" kerb crawling first![/p][/quote]Blame the BNP/EDL animals for that.[/p][/quote]Nope - wrong again. Blame the feral Asians on their way to mosque for that. Apollo
  • Score: 2

11:34am Fri 14 Feb 14

Apollo says...

Is this the same Bradford College that cannot even provide lecturers for the students on its current courses?

I think they need to spend money addressing that particular issue before going off to mount the white elephant discussed in this article.

Too many of the current student population of Bradford College who are paying fees are not being well served by the college trousering their grants without providing anything in return.

OFSTED should be all over the College to find out where the money is going as it is not on paying the staff to teach anyone.
Is this the same Bradford College that cannot even provide lecturers for the students on its current courses? I think they need to spend money addressing that particular issue before going off to mount the white elephant discussed in this article. Too many of the current student population of Bradford College who are paying fees are not being well served by the college trousering their grants without providing anything in return. OFSTED should be all over the College to find out where the money is going as it is not on paying the staff to teach anyone. Apollo
  • Score: 0

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