Foundations work begins at college

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Work has started on laying the foundations for Northumberland College’s £9.5m campus upgrade.

The work will create a brand new state-of-the-art engineering workshop at the Ashington site, which is scheduled to be completed by this summer.

The workshop will house the college’s engineering and automotive courses and will be the training centre for advanced manufacturing, training the sector’s future workforce for careers in research and development, automotive and aerospace industries.

Works are being undertaken by infrastructure, support services and construction group, Robertson, who were appointed in December.

Work is also taking place at the college’s Kirkley Hall campus, near Ponteland.

In total the investments at both sites will see more than 5,000m2 of brand new and refurbished buildings with state-of-the-art learning facilities which will include engineering and construction workshops, hair and beauty salons and a restaurant open to the public with new landscaping at both sites.

College principal and chief executive Stuart Cutforth said: “We are very excited that the building has begun.

“The new facilities will greatly enhance the teaching and learning facilities for our students and local employers.

“The engineering workshop will allow the college to provide training to meet the demands of this growing industry in our region.”

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