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Kirklees College to build engineering facility

Kirklees College today revealed plans for a new £7.5M engineering centre in Huddersfield to provide current students with the opportunity to engage in the design and build process of a live construction project.

GMI Construction is due to undertake the design and build contracts for the new 5,500m² learning facility which will be built off St Andrew’s Road in the town. Its location aims to provide excellent transport links as well as easy access to local amenities, major key engineering employers and the university.

The new building is expected to open in September 2012 at the same time as the new centre at the Waterfront Quarter opens its doors on Manchester Road. The facilities will offer state-of-the-art learning environment for future engineers and motor vehicle experts to develop their skills.

“The new facilities will boost the learners’ experiences at college and give them the best possible skills to take into the work place,” said Kirklees College vice principal, corporate services Melanie Brooke. “We’re really excited to be building two new learning hubs and look forward to delivering the opportunities they present for all.”

The finished design of the engineering facility will feature technology display rooms showcasing renewable energy monitor boards and metal facade cladding to the exterior walls.

This project is the second phase of the proposal which was granted funding in September 2009 by the Learning Skills Council, now known as the Skills Funding Agency, for Kirklees College’s new learning facilities. The separate building was deemed a more efficient relocation of the college’s engineering and motor vehicle teaching facilities, which had originally been planned for the Waterfront Quarter. The addition of the college’s engineering block will complement the modern architectural design to the campus, cementing Kirklees College’s position as one of the leading colleges in the county. 

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