South Staffordshire College have marked a much anticipated milestone this week,
having received the keys to the final phase of the AgriSTEM Academy from contractor
G F Tomlinson.
This phase of the project has seen the complete renovation of the historic Granary buildings, which will house impressive facilities such as the Academy’s advanced manufacturing production line and cutting edge tractor simulator. The building, which is the focal point of the new academy and was designed by architects Maber, seamlessly blends the old and the new, with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and brickwork meeting slick work and study spaces that are home to the latest digital technologies.
To mark the completion of this final phase of the development, the team who have played a vital role in delivering the project came together this week to mark the occasion, with G F Tomlinson formally handing the keys to the building to the college. They were also joined by key partners and members of the supply chain, all of whom have contributed to the development since it was granted planning permission in 2015.
The Academy, which comes as a result of the college having secured funding from the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Deal Fund, opened the doors to the new AgriTech building in September 2016, welcoming learners who are working towards qualifications in motor vehicle maintenance, motorsport and multi occupations construction. The completion of this final phase will see the arrival of those studying engineering technology, land based technology, agricultural engineering and more this September.
Even before being complete, the development has seen a number of key targets reached, with South Staffordshire College’s Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner last week presenting G F Tomlinson’s Steve Green with a certificate for having achieved a variety of employment and skills objectives for the project including the engagement of 13 apprentices and over 150 work experience opportunities.
The college’s Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley, who was handed the keys to the Academy by G F Tomlinson’s Director Chris Flint said “This is a landmark moment for South Staffordshire College. Seeing the results of the hard work that everyone has put in to the development of the AgriSTEM Academy is fantastic and we’d like to once again thank all of those involved for their ongoing support and commitment. We’re delighted that as a result of AgriSTEM, we’ll be able to offer individuals and businesses across Staffordshire access to an even wider range of opportunities and look forward to playing our part in transforming the scale and quality of training in the Agri-tech and advanced manufacturing sectors across the region.”
Chris Flint, Director of G F Tomlinson adds “This is the second project we have delivered with the College and their consultants.
We are delighted to handover this final phase of the new AgriSTEM Academy. Our team have worked closely with the College to sensitively renovate the historic Granary building to provide a state-of- the-art learning facility.
We are proud that not only have we delivered an exciting new facility, we have, through collaboration with the college and our supply chain, exceeded Employment and Skills Targets including engagement of 13 apprentices. On each project we always look for ways we can support and inspire local students and apprentices, delivering added value to the local community beyond the construction works.”
With construction work on the final phase of the project now complete, the college are gearing up to add the finishing touches before welcoming learners through the doors of the highly anticipated Granary building.
Interested in becoming one of the first to benefit from the fantastic facilities at the AgriSTEM Academy? It’s not too late to sign up for courses and apprenticeships starting in September.
To find out more or ‘sign up’ in just 25 seconds, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk, or call the college’s expert team on 0300 456 2424.
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