Lancaster & Morecambe College has officially unveiled its brand new Construction & Engineering Centre.
Ian Stewart, Heysham Power Station director, attended the event to open the new facilities to staff, students, local businesses and employers.
Guests of the event were able to enjoy refreshments whilst touring the state-of-the-art facility which offers an impressive work space for trades such as electrical, welding and woodwork with individual work benches on a mezzanine floor and six new state-of-the-art classrooms.
There is also an innovative exterior space for live work.
The new building has been designed so students can visibly see up-to-date practice in the construction and engineering industry, with a focus on sustainable energy throughout the entire building, with a biomass boiler and solar energy panels, which will be used to teach students about energy efficiency within all trades.
The college provides a range of construction and engineering qualifications in bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and heating, general maintenance, electrical installation and fabrication and welding; and the new versatile development is being used by local employers and tradesmen who want to update their skills as well as apprentices, full-time and part-time learners at the college.
Jane Campey, head of faculty at the college, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our students this fantastic new facility. The Construction & Engineering Centre is an impressive building which will equip students with work-ready skills, and we have developed an innovative learning space which we are confident will deliver a great selection of resources designed to help our students excel in their construction and engineering studies.”
Ian Stewart commented on the construction and engineering industry and what affect it has on the local community. He said: “It’s great to have this facility in our local area and good to know that the industry is already making use of it.
“We have 14 of our own apprentices at the Power Station which includes people studying across all trades, as well as Business Admin.
“It’s clear to see that the improvements made and the upgrade of the college facilities is having a positive impact on the community.”