Significant investment in sustainable building projects

John Penrose MP & Hugh Tovey

A new £10 million building project at Weston College has been officially launched by MP John Penrose.

Mr Penrose was at the College’s South West Skills Campus (SWSC) on Locking Road, where he ceremonially cut the turf to launch the project and saw how the College’s acclaimed ASPIRE programme is working to help the long term unemployed.

He also toured the College’s Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence (CECE), meeting students and staff.

The £3 million refurbished Hub building at the SWSC is scheduled to be completed by February 2013, and will house an employment skills centre to aid people back into work. A further £6 million will be spent on expanding the Business Enterprise Centre by creating a two-storey block in three phases.

A multi-purpose unit will be built to house staff and students while the Hub building is redeveloped. At the same time a surface will be laid suitable for sports activities including football, netball and basketball. Both these projects will be ready by this September, at a cost of £770,000.

Mr Penrose said: “I had a great time visiting Weston College’s South West Skills Campus and was hugely impressed by what they’re doing there.

“I was delighted to help dig the first spadeful of earth to launch Phase One of a major £10 million new facility which should enhance the learning experience at this go ahead College.

“It was a pleasure to meet learners on the ASPIRE course which is helping unemployed people as well as students at the Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence which is a first class facility to improve skills here in North Somerset”.

Weston College Executive Director – Commercial Services, Linda Burlison, said: “Weston College is delighted Mr Penrose visited these wide-ranging projects.

“The aim is to encourage student numbers and offer an ever-widening range of academic and vocational courses. Prudent financial planning is enabling us to offer our students and staff wonderful state-of-the-art facilities.”

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