£10m technology centre aimed at helping to fix city’s skills shortage

WORK is to begin on a new 
£10m advanced technology centre at a part of major redevelopment of a college campus in a Yorkshire city.

The new three-storey development at Bradford College is set to open next September.

It will be built next to the college’s main campus with capacity for 650 students.

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It forms part of the college’s “accommodation strategy” which has also seen the redevelopment of its Trinity Green Campus and its new David Hockney Building being built on the main campus.

Ronan O’Beirne, the college’s director of learning, development and research, said: “Bradford College, a major provider of education and a key player in the city’s economy, is moving forward with a new Advanced Technology Centre due to open in September 2015.

“The centre will offer students the opportunity to develop skills in advanced technologies such as robotics and 3D printing. It will also provide a key link with established businesses and start-ups.”

Stephanie Tinsley, the college’s interim vice principal for further education, added: “The Advanced Technology Centre will support skills and knowledge development across the science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines.

“It will play an important role in the future prosperity of the region, meeting Local Enterprise Partnership priorities through a focused curriculum that will develop skills where there is currently a shortage.”

BAM Construction has been appointed contractor to lead on the development of Bradford College’s campus work. Construction manager Jason Pink said: “We are delighted to be working on another part of Bradford College’s ambitious and progressive development plans.”