New Engineering Training Centre at Berkeley gets the GREEN light

7th July 2014

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) today received confirmation that they had been successful in securing funding for a new college campus at the former nuclear power station at Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

The Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear (GREEN) project has been awarded £5m from the Government's Growth Fund as the first phase of an anticipated £40m development. This funding will be matched by £5m investment from the College, to develop 14 acres of the now un-licensed Berkeley site and turn it into a state-of-the-art campus which will focus on Engineering and Technology with an emphasis on low-carbon energy generation.

Kevin Hamblin, Principal of SGS said 'the news of the funding will transform the Berkeley site and herald a new phase in the life of the former nuclear power station. The SGS Berkeley GREEN Campus will deliver on the pledge made when Filton College merged with Stroud College in 2012, creating SGS, to develop Engineering training provision in the Cam/Dursley area. The £10m investment has been possible because of the tremendous support the College has received from the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, Stroud District Council and our Local MP, Neil Carmichael - who has fought hard to ensure this project was promoted in Westminster.'

SGS Berkeley GREEN will open in September 2016 after the refurbishment of existing buildings on the site into a purpose built training centre. It will host SGS College's existing Engineering and Construction provision currently on the Stroud Campus, Stratford Road site. The Berkeley Campus will be developed over the next five years into a campus which will incorporate education, training, business start-up and research facilities in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire and will focus on the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the County.

John Huggett, Chair of Governors at SGS College, and retired engineer, added 'the development at Berkeley will take the investment made in the College to just under £20m since our merger and creation of SGS in 2012. We will be planning further investment in the near future to respond to the unprecedented growth in student recruitment and to ensure we can respond to the demand from employers for well-trained, motivated and competent staff. The College is already one of the best performing institutions in the Country and this position can only be maintained if we continue to invest in first class staff and facilities. We will submit plans to renovate and refurbish an existing engineering workshop at Berkeley at the earliest opportunity and are looking forward to working with our partners to ensure it becomes recognised nationally for the work we undertake there.'

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