Building work starts on £10m Advanced Technologies Centre at Bradford College

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of the Advanced Technologies Centre at Bradford College An artist's impression of the Advanced Technologies Centre at Bradford College

Work has started on Bradford College's new £10 million advanced technology building, which should be ready to take students in September 2015.

The Advanced Technology Centre will be able to accommodate 700 students, and feature high tech facilities where subjects like dentistry and green technology will be taught.

The centre is being built on the Alexandra car park on Randall Well Street, a short distance from the college's David Hockney building, which is opening in September. The company charged with constructing that building, BAM, has been chosen as the contractors for the new centre after a tender process.

As previously reported in the Telegraph & Argus, Bradford Council granted planning permission for the development last month, and a £10m Government grant that would cover the entire cost of the building meant the project could begin almost immediately.

The car park was operated by Bradford Council, but was closed earlier this month and BAM is now preparing the site.

The company is expected to hand over the keys to the David Hockney Building, which cost £50 million, early next month, in time for the college to prepare for the new academic year.

The technology building will contain new labs and workshops and is part of the college's five year plan to "maintain a dynamic and sustainable college"

It will lead to the further transformation of the college, which in recent years has seen the opening of the Trinity Green building and will soon see the demolition of the Westbrook Building - which will be replaced with a new green area by March.

A college spokesman said: "The new building will house a range of specialist facilities and the types of courses that will be offered include engineering, green technologies, electrical, paramedical, optical dental and IT.

"The centre will meet the growing demand for dedicated skills training through the provision of highly specialist technology environments. This will greatly benefit the people and employers of Bradford, especially those within the manufacturing industry, which accounts for approximately 25 per cent of economic activity in the area.

"In addition to the David Hockney Building, which will open its doors to learners from September, the new Advanced Technologies Centre will continue the College’s ongoing commitment to positively contribute to the regeneration of Bradford, its people and its industries.”

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11:37am Fri 13 Jun 14

Banni2 says...

More good news for the City. Technology will always be a welcome asset to the needs of future generations to come.
More good news for the City. Technology will always be a welcome asset to the needs of future generations to come. Banni2
  • Score: 9

2:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Excellent news, great that this has had such a quick turn around from getting government money to planning and now breaking the ground. Some excellent work gone here regarding this scheme. Well done to all concerned regarding this exciting Bradford College project.
Excellent news, great that this has had such a quick turn around from getting government money to planning and now breaking the ground. Some excellent work gone here regarding this scheme. Well done to all concerned regarding this exciting Bradford College project. bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

8:57am Sat 14 Jun 14

MattLondon says...

Brilliant. So much going on in the city centre at the minute - more of the same please :)
Brilliant. So much going on in the city centre at the minute - more of the same please :) MattLondon
  • Score: 5

7:44pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Apollo says...

Is that the same Bradford College that does not recruit lecturers for its existing courses and students but takes their course money?

Well at least we know how the new building is being funded.

OFSTED take note please.
Is that the same Bradford College that does not recruit lecturers for its existing courses and students but takes their course money? Well at least we know how the new building is being funded. OFSTED take note please. Apollo
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