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Northumberland College laying foundations for the future

Northumberland College laying foundations for the future  
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Northumberland College has today started to lay the foundations for its £9.5m campus upgrade.

Work has begun on what will be a brand new state-of-the-art engineering workshop at the Ashington campus 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.

Work has also started on the ground works for a new tractor workshop and teaching and learning block at the college's Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland, both of which are scheduled to be completed later this year.

Works are being undertaken by infrastructure, support services and construction group, Robertson who were appointed by the college in December.

In total the investments at both sites will see over 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.

Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive at Northumberland College, said: "We are very excited that the building has begun. The new facilities will greatly enhance the teaching and learning facilities for our students and local employers.

"The new engineering workshop will allow the college to provide training to meet the demands of this growing industry in our region."

To find out more about Northumberland College and the building developments visit www.northumberland.ac.uk