College building project making progress

College building project making progress

VIP guests were invited to a bolt-tightening ceremony at Kirklees College’s new Dewsbury  campus to mark progress with the building work.

Two new centres – dubbed the Dewsbury Learning Quarter – are due to open next year in the town centre to replace the college's current Dewsbury Centre and Batley School of Art.

The Springfield Centre is a purpose-built facility that is being developed by Kier Construction on Bradford Road, next to Lidl.

The new building will be mainly used by young people and will offer a range of vocational programmes, including specialist provision in science-related and technical areas.

The plans also involve transforming the iconic landmark Pioneer House into a centre for higher level skills, apprenticeships and post-19 studies, specialising in creative and digital media and art, healthcare, business and finance.

The Dewsbury Learning Quarter will also bring 2,500 students closer to the town centre, hopefully providing businesses with increased footfall.

Guests at the event included governors, staff and students from the college, Kirklees Council and Kier Construction.

They heard about the importance of the project and the partnership from Kier operations director for Yorkshire, Nick Shepherd, and Kirklees College principal Marie Gilluley, before being given a brief tour of the site.

Nick Shepherd said: “We have a state-of-the-art design and building moving forwards that will really put Kirklees College on the map in Dewsbury, and the progress shows the commitment of everybody in regards to making this happen."

Kirklees College principal Marie Gilluley said: “The college has had a presence in Dewsbury for a long time and is absolutely committed to continuing that and looking forward to doing something that will be a very positive change.

“Our aim is to provide something for all the residents of Dewsbury and surrounding areas to make sure everyone has the right levels of skills and enterprise.

“We are really looking forward to the contribution the college is going to be able to make with these new buildings and I am sure it will take us forward into a vibrant and successful future.”

Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff also attended and added said: "It’s great to see the progress of this exciting new project for our town. I’m looking forward to seeing the development take shape over the coming months as part of the regeneration of our town centre."

Kirklees College Bolt Tightening 2

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