Kier Construction Director visits SGS Berkeley GREEN, as vision becomes a reality for new college campus16th August 2017
In the run up to SGS College opening the doors at the Berkeley GREEN Campus to learners this September, Managing Director of Kier Construction Central, Mark Pausey, visited the site, Tuesday 15 August, donating a defibulator to the campus and taking a tour of the new facilities, along with SGS Group Chief Executive, Kevin Hamblin.
Kier, who are the main contractors on both SGS Berkeley GREEN and the University Technical College (UTC), started work at the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site in October 2015, refurbishing a former Magnox engineering hall building. Now named the John Huggett Engineering Hall, the facility will provide workshops, project spaces and offices for engineering learners.
In 2016, work commenced on the demolition of an adjacent building and the construction of a brand new £12m, 6,000m2 University Technical College (UTC), which will provide specialist education to learners aged 14-18 in digital technology, cyber security and advanced engineering.
The redeveloped site will offer some of the best training facilities in the country for the Built Environment, Welding, Engineering and Digital Technologies. The Campus, which came in response to the region’s growth in engineering and nuclear, will deliver full and part- time training to learners from the age of 14 upwards including apprenticeships, adult re-training programmes and degree level learning.
The redevelopment also brings new business opportunities to the area, offering 300,000ft2 of commercial floor space consisting of office premises, workshops, laboratories, conference rooms and more.
Leading property, residential, construction and services group Kier, locally based in Gloucester, is an ‘employer of the future’ partner to SGS Berkeley Green and has been actively engaged with students during construction works. A summer project invited students to have their say on the future of their campus by conceptualizing their new breakout area, exploring connections with the built environment and challenging them to build upon their presentation skills in a Dragons Den themed judging forum. A summer work placement programme elevated nine students understanding of the construction world through short practical challenges complimented by interactive learning sessions.
Speaking of the proactive engagement with students of Berkeley GREEN, Assistant Principal of the UTC, Andrew Keenan said: “Not only have Kier built a fantastic state of the art building for the UTC, they have also supported throughout our recruitment of students. They have agreed to maintain an ongoing relationship to help develop our future graduates who are looking to progress into Design and Civil Engineering. The support already given by Kier on open days, information sessions, work experience and UTC tours is a fantastic example of how employers and UTCs can work together to make learning relevant to young people’s future careers. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship with a company who are so obviously invested in giving young people the best start possible.”
Commenting on the development at Berkeley GREEN, Mark said: “These are fantastic modern facilities for students and the local community. The Kier team has established excellent relationships with SGS Berkeley Green which we hope will progress further with future work on the site and with our involvement as employer of the future”
Speaking about the new campus, Kevin said: “This brand new, state of the art facility, is part of a £12m investment in education in Gloucestershire, which Kier have completed one week early and under budget. The College is really looking forward to seeing its learners take advantage of these new facilities this September.”
Did you know: SGS Berkeley GREEN is part financed by the Gloucestershire Growth Deal 2015 to 2021.
GFirst LEP is delivering the Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire through the Gloucestershire Growth Deal; an investment of £77.5 million for the county and part of a £12 billion long-term Government programme to revitalise local economies. For more information visit www.gfirstlep.com