Work on Weston College’s new professional services academy in Weston-super-Mare has begun.
Teams from the Wessex division of Midas Construction, one of the largest independent construction firms in the South West, have started enabling work and asbestos clearance on the Winter Gardens site as part of the initial stages of the redevelopment and modernisation of the building.
The original 1920s pavilion and associated areas will be refurbished and enhanced to ensure improved community use in the future. The rear 1980s extension will be redeveloped, and will provide Weston College with a state of the art facility from which it will deliver a range of new courses to meet the demands of the legal, professional services and financial sector in the West of England.
The development is being made possible thanks to multi-million pound funding from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, and will be housed within the new facility and former Arosfa Hotel as part of Weston College’s plan to create a ‘learning village’ model in Weston-super-Mare.
Derek Quinn, executive director at Midas Construction, said: “We are delighted to be on site at the famous Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare. There is a real focus on delivering local training and apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the Weston area during this scheme, which is one of the Southern Construction Frameworks key objectives.”
Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, said: “Our aim is to bring something to Weston that will aid regeneration and see a growth in learners.
“We were approached by legal companies who wanted to establish a law and professional services academy in the area. This facility will meet the demands of local employers, and continue to raise Weston-super-Mare’s reputation nationally as a centre of excellence for education and training.”