‘Home from home’ visit for construction students

‘Home from home’ visit for construction students

CONSTRUCTION students from Kirklees College paid a site visit to Pioneer House and Northgate House in Dewsbury. 

Pioneer House is part of the plans for the college’s ‘Dewsbury Learning Quarter’ scheme, due to open in 2018, to replace the current Dewsbury Centre and Batley School of Art up Halifax Road.

Pioneer will be a centre for higher level skills, apprenticeships and post-19 studies, specialising in creative and digital media and art, healthcare and business and finance.

A new centre will also be built on land next to Lidl supermarket off Bradford Road, mainly for full-time students aged 16 to 18 including special areas for foundation learning, construction and motor vehicle.

Planning permission has been granted and building work is due to begin early in the new year.

The visit to the sites was organised with John Lambe, the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative officer, social enterprise CHY, and Walter West Builders. The ‘Step Up Into Construction’ students got to look around Pioneer House and see work being carried out at Northgate House.

Tutor Mark Howroyd said: “The students found it really interesting and it gave them an insight in to the type of work carried out on heritage buildings.”

For more details on SUIC contact Paul Toher on 01484 437168 or ptoher@kirkleescollege.ac.uk.

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