Work begins on new £2 million building at Norton Radstock College
Work has begun on the construction of a new £2 million teaching block at Norton Radstock College.
The 26,167sq ft two-storey structure replaces the original and outdated North Building on the Radstock campus which dated back to the 1950s.
Established in the 1940s to serve the Somerset coalfields, the college now has about 1,000 full-time and 5,000 part-time students, studying a range of courses over 13 curriculum areas.
The new building will house engineering and motor vehicle courses, general teaching spaces, student social space and a cafe.
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It will also include dedicated space for the Green Skills Academy, a series of courses providing training in renewable technologies and promoting energy efficiency in buildings.
While the project is completed, engineering students have moved to a building on the Westfield Industrial Estate.
College vice-principal Peter Hodgson said: "We are seeing a growing number of young people in the area interested in taking courses at the college, so we want to ensure we are able to provide current and future students with the best facilities possible.
"The previous building was in need of a revamp.
"And we are all excited about seeing the new building taking shape over the coming months."
The building work is being carried out by Morgan Sindall and is due for completion this autumn.
Paul Gale, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: "It's great to be involved in a project of this significance which will help Norton Radstock College continue to provide superb learning opportunities to the communities around Bath and Bristol and in Wiltshire and Somerset.
"The Morgan Sindall team has a wealth of experience in delivering successful schemes in the education sector and operating in existing educational environments.
"So we're delighted to be able to put that experience to good use on this project."
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