WORK HAS started on a new multi-million pound training facility for budding young builders.
Leeds College of Building’s £16million facility is under construction at the site on Hunslet Lane and Black Bull Street in Leeds city centre.
The 8,000sq m building will take around 51 weeks to build.
Ian Billyard, principal at Leeds College of Building said: “This much-anticipated project will not only encourage further regeneration of the area, but will create an inspiring new campus that will serve a large proportion of our 7,500 students.
“The project marks the start of the consolidation of our six sites into this energy efficient and attractive new campus, which will sit alongside our existing North Street and Millwright Street campuses.
He added: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the college and we envisage that the project will be hugely beneficial to our students and staff as well as the wider construction industry.”
Mike Harris, director at architects Fuse Studios Limited, said: “The new building will deliver an unrivalled learning environment for the students, with over half of the space dedicated to the new specialist workshops.”
He added: “Separate classroom areas and non-teaching spaces which include a new entrance piazza, library, student services area and refectory all combine to create a truly innovative and inspiring learning environment.”
Leeds College of Building currently offers a range of apprenticeships in courses including brickwork, carpentry and joinery, electrical, painting and decorating, plastering, plumbing, surveying and wall and floor tiling.
Robert Hardy, director from AECOM, who are the project managers for the scheme said: “This is a fantastic development for the college and students, providing first rate specialist facilities to support teaching and learning of the built environment and further enhancing the colleges’ position in the construction skills sector.”