Main image: Metro Mayor Dan Norris at the new centre which had its first students this September. Picture courtesy of WECA.
City of Bristol College celebrated the grand opening of its new £9m purpose-built Advanced Construction Skills Centre in Hengrove last week.
The new centre will lay the foundations for a brighter future for students from South Bristol and beyond – who will be able to learn trades such as bricklaying, carpentry and construction as well as skills in project management and quantity surveying.
The project has been part-funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
Metro Mayor Dan Norris – along with MP for Bristol South Karin Smyth, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Steve West and Vistry Partnerships’ Managing Director Marc Thompson – joined the College’s Chief Executive and Principal Richard Harris for the official ribbon cutting.
Mayor Norris said: “I’m so pleased that this fantastic new learning centre has been created in south Bristol, made possible with £6 million funding through the West of England Combined Authority which I’m proud to lead.
“A construction skills centre serving this part of the West of England has for too long been on a wish-list, and I’m delighted this cash injection has at last made it a reality.
“Serving communities across south Bristol and beyond it will help construction course students learn the skills they need to – literally – build a better future…
“Opening the centre was an honour, enabling students to use its brilliant facilities and equipment, and ensuring they can get hands-on experience in their chosen profession.”.
Principal and Chief Executive Richard Harris said: “This is a £9m, purpose-built facility where we will be able to teach and provide people with the skills they need to be part of a valuable and important sector in construction and teach them the sustainable and modern methods of construction.
“It is going to give the people of Bristol, south Bristol and the region the facilities and skills they need to become valued members of the construction industry over the next five to 25 years.”
Work begun on the new centre in 2020 under head contractor Midas Construction Ltd – and was officially handed over to the college in May. The college then commenced with the ‘fit out’ which was completed on time for the first students to arrive in September.
For more information about what is on offer at the centre, visit www.cityofbristol.ac.uk/centres/advanced-construction-skills-centre/