Work gets underway at South Staffordshire College’s AgriSTEM Academy following appointment of contractor G F Tomlinson

South Staffordshire College to open new, cutting-edge, AgriSTEM Academy at Rodbaston Campus3

An artist impression of South Staffordshire College’s new AgriSTEM Academy which has been designed by Architects Maber and is being built by Contractor G F Tomlinson.

Work at South Staffordshire College’s new state-of-the-art AgriSTEM Academy commences this week, following the appointment of contractor G F Tomlinson.

Scheduled for completion this Autumn, the Academy, which comes as a result of the College’s successful bid for funding from the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will be located at the heart of the College’s 180 hectare rural Rodbaston Estate and will see major refurbishment to the former Granary buildings, plus the addition of extensive new buildings that will be home to up to 1000 additional learners.

With state-of-the-art facilities including an advanced mechatronics lab, agricultural and construction vehicle simulators and renewable energies workshops, the Academy
will have a huge impact on the scale and quality of industry relevant training for the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME) and the Agricultural Engineering & Technology (AgriTech) sectors across the region.

Following an extensive tendering process which saw G F Tomlinson awarded the contract to bring the AgriSTEM vision to life, Julie Nash, Assistant Director of Capital Projects at South Staffordshire College said “We’re delighted that work on the Academy is now underway and look forward to working alongside G F Tomlinson over the coming months as we prepare to open this exceptional facility. We’re confident that having delivered outstanding results on our £6m Cannock Campus in 2014, G F Tomlinson will once again prove to be the ideal partner for the College.”

Andy Sewards, director for G F Tomlinson adds “This will be the second time our expert team has had the opportunity to work with South Staffordshire College and we are very much looking forward to helping them enhance and develop the learning facilities on offer at the Rodbaston Campus, through the successful delivery of this scheme.

“We have vast experience in undertaking construction works within a live college environment, where we ensure there is minimal disruption to both staff and students at all times.

“The proposed scheme will provide cutting edge learning facilities that will allow students to study a range of vocational subjects in a realistic virtual work base setting.”

As construction work on the site is now underway, anticipation for the Academy’s launch is building. Applications from prospective learners are flooding in for the extensive range of new courses that will be on offer, including Agricultural Engineering, Landbased Technology, Motorsport and many more.

Those interested in becoming one of the first to benefit from the fantastic facilities at the Academy can sign up online in just 25 seconds at

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