Building work starts on £10m Advanced Technologies Centre at Bradford College (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Building work starts on £10m Advanced Technologies Centre at Bradford College
8:02am Friday 13th June 2014 in News
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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