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Building College Benefits From £Billion Leeds Bonanza

Leeds College of Building phase-two development.

Leeds College of Building have expanded their estates portfolio as phase two of the South Bank Campus, a £13-million development, has officially opened.

The College is the UK’s only specialist further education construction college. An £11.9 million investment was received from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

 

Fuse lit

Designed by Fuse, this phase-two development sits in a prominent position alongside the existing college building (also designed by Fuse and opened in 2015). The new state-of-the-art 5,200 square metre, four-storey building boasts a range of classrooms, workshops and a dynamic central atrium, which acts as the building’s main communal and circulation space.

A large proportion of Leeds College of Building’s 6,000 students will attend the two South Bank sites, with the remainder using the College’s North Street Campus (which benefitted from £1-million of the funding for refurbishment and the relocation of one of the largest Painting & Decorating training facilities of its kind in the UK).

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry, said: “This Government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse, connecting places and building an economy which is fit for the future.

“That is why we have provided £11.9m through the Local Growth Fund to support the Leeds College of Building’s South Bank Campus.  The project will provide world class, state-of-the-art training facilities where students can progress from entry level to degree level, helping to meet the skills gap and needs of the construction industry.”

Derek Whitehead, Principal at Leeds College of Building, said:

“The building will be the new home for a range of traditional courses, including mechanical and electrical, plumbing and heating programmes, as well as enabling us to provide more training in the ever-expanding area of BIM technology. The building will also offer purpose-designed classrooms for the College’s Higher Education courses.”

Picture: Leeds College of Building phase-two development. 

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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