Morgan Sindall begins £12m training centre
Work is officially under way on the facility, which is being delivered for workforce training provider TTE Technical, part of the Middlesbrough College Group.
Chair of governors Robert Davies, was on hand to cut the first sod on the site at Middlehaven, central Middlesbrough.
The 32,000 sq ft facility, which is due to open in September 2024, will house more than 300 full-time students, 300 apprentices and 500 adults each year, alongside an international cohort of students.
Facilities will include seven large multifunction/multidiscipline workshops to provide for instrumentation, electrical & electronic engineering, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics, process engineering and net zero low carbon technology workspaces, along with breakout areas, classrooms, a large conference room and student social and welfare areas.
The project was awarded via the Pagabo Medium Works Framework.
Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College Group, said: “This day has been almost three years in the planning since we started looking at options for the refurbishment or relocation of the current TTE facility at South Bank.
“Our new facility will enable TTE to continue providing high quality engineering and process operations training to a wide range of learners for decades to come, with the right industrial skills and behaviours to easily transition into the workplace.”
Alex Isted, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “The training that will be delivered at this facility when complete will help create a skilled workforce for the sectors that will be instrumental in net-zero targets being reached. We share this approach within our own sector of construction, and throughout the build programme we will deploy our Intelligent Solutions approach to reduce carbon wherever possible.”
The development is being financed by a combination of grant support from the Department for Education’s FE Capital Transformation Fund, Middlesbrough Council and college cash reserves and borrowings.