Building work progresses at South Staffordshire College’s groundbreaking new AgriSTEM Academy

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Staff from South Staffordshire College and David Frost OBE, of the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership enjoy a tour of the AgriSTEM site delivered by contractor G F Tomlinson. Pictured Left to Right: Steve Green (Site Manager, G F Tomlinson), Andy Boam (Contracts Manager, G F Tomlinson), Julie Nash (Assistant Director Capital Projects, South Staffordshire College), Steve Grant (Director of Estates and Commercial Operations, South Staffordshire College), Graham Morley (Chief Executive Principal, South Staffordshire College), David Frost CBE (Chairman, Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership), Rob Boucherat (Deputy Principal, South Staffordshire College) and Andy Hughes (Director and General Manager, G F Tomlinson).

Structural work at South Staffordshire College’s new AgriSTEM Academy is picking up pace with contractor G F Tomlinson having now commenced work on the restoration of the historic Granary building. The building, which will form the breathtaking new focal point of the £5.3m Academy, will be renovated to provide over 1000m of state-of-the-art learning space that along with the addition of over 1000m of additional new workshop space, will transform the scale and quality of industry relevant training in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) and Agricultural Engineering & Technology (AgriTech) sectors.

To celebrate this key milestone in the project, staff from South Staffordshire College met with the team from G F Tomlinson and Chair of the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, David Frost CBE on Monday 22nd February to enjoy a tour of the site and an opportunity to formally mark what is sure to be one of many landmark moments in the build.

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G F Tomlinson’s Director and General Manager Andy Hughes (Right), looks over the plans for the AgriSTEM Academy with South Staffordshire College’s Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley and David Frost, CBE, of the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Following his tour, David Frost CBE spoke on behalf of the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, who are funding over two thirds of the project via their Growth Deal Fund, saying “It is great to see this development taking shape. The agricultural technology sector will be a key part of growing the economy of Staffordshire and we are very pleased to be investing in AgriSTEM to develop the skills our young people will need for the future.”

Having hosted the visitors to the site on Monday, Director and General Manager of G F Tomlinson, Andy Hughes said “The AgriSTEM Academy, once complete, will allow South Staffordshire College to offer cutting-edge learning facilities for agriculture students.

“We were delighted to outline the details of this major building refurbishment to key representatives, including David Frost from Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

“Our team is now on site creating new teaching spaces that will enhance and develop learning facilities at the college so students can study a range of subjects in a realistic manufacturing setting.”

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South Staffordshire College Staff remove an old Granary cart for restoration, prior to building work at the AgriSTEM site commencing.

Having hosted the visitors to the site on Monday, Director and General Manager of G F Tomlinson, Andy Hughes said “The AgriSTEM Academy, once complete, will allow South Staffordshire College to offer cutting-edge learning facilities for agriculture students.

“We were delighted to outline the details of this major building refurbishment to key representatives, including David Frost from Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

“Our team is now on site creating new teaching spaces that will enhance and develop learning facilities at the college so students can study a range of subjects in a realistic manufacturing setting.”

Speaking about the new Academy, Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College says “We’re delighted with how work is progressing on site at the AgriSTEM Academy and are really looking forward to seeing the ongoing transformation over the coming months. The finished result is not only going to look incredible, but will also give aspiring engineers, rural entrepreneurs and businesses across the region access to practical training that is unavailable anywhere else in Staffordshire. On behalf of all of us here at South Staffordshire College, I’d like to thank both the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and G F Tomlinson for their continued support in making the AgriSTEM Academy a reality.”

The latest in a long line of investments from the College, South Staffordshire College have previously developed a number of state-of-the-art training facilities including the £6m Cannock Campus, which, having also been built by Contractor G F Tomlinson, was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Best Educational Building category of the LABC Awards.
Those interested in becoming one of the first to benefit from the fantastic facilities at the AgriSTEM Academy can sign up online in just 25 seconds at http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk.

To follow the progress of the new AgriSTEM Academy visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/about-us/agristem/
or for more information call 0300 456 2424.

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