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Milestone points to new era for Northumberland College

Milestone points to new era for Northumberland College  
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Work to create a new campus for Northumberland College is marking a major milestone today. Robertson, the integrated infrastructure, support services and construction group, has now erected the steel frame for the engineering workshop, which stands as a visible indication of the progress made to date.

Construction of the £9.5m upgrade of the Ashington campus is scheduled to be completed by this summer. The workshop will house the college's engineering and automotive courses and will be the training centre for Advanced Manufacturing, training the sector's future workforce for careers in research and development, automotive and aerospace industries.

Meanwhile ground work is also well progressed for a new tractor workshop and teaching and learning block at the college's Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland. In total the investments at both sites will see more than 5,000m2 of brand new and refurbished buildings with state-of-the-art learning facilities which will include engineering and construction workshops, hair and beauty salons and a restaurant open to the public with new landscaping at both sites.

Martin Westgate, business development director for Robertson, said: "We are proud to be delivering this project with our partners at Northumberland College.

"The project will leave a lasting legacy which will benefit the next generation of students. I am pleased to say that we remain on schedule to deliver the project on time and on budget."

Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive at Northumberland College, said: "We are thrilled at the progress to date and excited for the future, our brand-new industry standard facilities will undoubtedly give students the best vocational learning environments available."