An important milestone in the delivery of a new multimillion pound training facility in Stoke on Trent has been celebrated with a ‘topping out’ ceremony, held to mark the highest point of the building’s construction being reached.
The final touches are being undertaken on the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering building, based at Stoke on Trent College’s Burslem Campus, off Moorland Road. From September, the state-of-the-art structure will be home to world-class facilities catering for more than 500 students, as well as providing high-tech training facilities for local engineering and construction businesses to facilitate their staff training and development.
The new structure has been erected alongside the John Seddon Building, home to the college’s construction and building services courses.
The new centre will provide innovative engineering workshops and laboratories that will house the likes of high-tech CNC machinery, as well as high-specification brick, plastering and gas workshops, including new ACS Gas Centre.
Kevin Smith, Principal of Stoke on Trent College, who was part of the topping off ceremony as the highest piece was put in place said: “These new facilities will allow us to offer an enhanced variety of engineering and manufacturing based courses to both our students and to local employers, helping boost local skills.
“Our existing courses will benefit from being delivered in world-class facilities, helping put Stoke on Trent College at the forefront of teaching and training in these areas.
“We are delighted with the work carried out and we are very excited to reach this milestone of the build, ahead of the opening in September.”
The work has been carried out by Thomas Vale, the main contractor carrying out extensive development work across the College’s Cauldon and Burslem Campus.
Stoke on Trent College received a £10.5million boost to help create the new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre following a successful bid for funding from the Skills Funding Agency’s College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF).
The new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre is part of more than £36m of developments currently underway and recently completed across the two campuses.