In the run up to SGS College opening the doors at the Berkeley GREEN Campus to learners this September, Managing Director of Kier Construction Central, Mark Pausey, visited the site, donated a defibrillator to the campus and took a tour of the new facilities.
Kier, who are the main contractors on both SGS Berkeley GREEN and the University Technical College (UTC), started work at the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site in October 2015, refurbishing a former Magnox engineering hall building. Now named the John Huggett Engineering Hall, the facility will provide workshops, project spaces and offices for engineering learners.
In 2016, work commenced on the demolition of an adjacent building and the construction of a brand new £12m, 65,000 sq ft University Technical College, which will provide specialist education to learners aged 14-18 in digital technology, cyber security and advanced engineering.
The redeveloped site will offer some of the best training facilities in the country for the Built Environment, Welding, Engineering and Digital Technologies. The Campus, which came in response to the region’s growth in engineering and nuclear, will deliver full and part- time training to learners from the age of 14 upwards including apprenticeships, adult re-training programmes and degree level learning.
Commenting on the development at Berkeley GREEN, Pausey said: “These are fantastic modern facilities for students and the local community. The Kier team has established excellent relationships with SGS Berkeley Green which we hope will progress further with future work on the site and with our involvement as employer of the future.”