Bolt of brightening

Monday 13 April 2015

Students with learning difficulties will have their own fabulous £2 Million purpose-built centre later this year.

A bolt-tightening ceremony was conducted by students and staff of Bedford College, supervised by the team from Ashe Construction who are currently erecting the steel frame.

When completed, the Centre will blend in with the street scape on St Mary’s including College House, said to be the oldest brick built property in the town.

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE said: “Our site has developed over decades – some of it with buildings which are not seen as ‘things of beauty’. However we are replacing it jigsaw piece by jigsaw piece, as finances allow and as the college expands.”

“We have turned the 1950s workshop block into a shining eco-beacon with our turbine-topped Brundtland Building – it looks fantastic and saves energy.”

“We have removed the unsightly old bus garage which used to be the art block and replaced it with the riverside South Bank Arts Centre.”

“Now we can improve the St Mary’s Street boundary with a building which is keeping with the area.”

Ashe Construction are working closely with Bedford College to demonstrate their joint commitment to training for the construction industry – especially in the modern areas of sustainable design and build.

A ‘Careers in construction & sustainability’ event is being held at Bedford College on May 19th which will include activities for pupils from neighbouring schools.

*Funding was announced in February for a £4.5 Million Advanced Engineering Centre to be built beside the tower block on the same college campus.

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