The ground breaking engineering college campus has opened in Berkeley on the site of former nuclear laboratories. Located in Berkeley Green the technical college will feature courses in engineering, construction, plumbing, electronics, energy efficiency, low carbon energy and many more, and was kick started by a £5million grant from GFirst LEP with the support from Stroud MP, Neil Carmichael.
The new campus is a collaboration between South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS), the University of Gloucestershire and the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership. The Gloucestershire Renewable Energy Engineering and Nuclear (GREEN) skills centre will provide education for students aged 14-18 from September 2017.
The college will host 600 pupils and up to 75 staff, it sits within the 50-acre technology park, with the centre being very much step one in more expansive plan for the site, for which they have secured a 999-year lease. At a total build cost of £6.63million, SGS also purchased the lands surrounding the new centre, known as Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, triggering the investment of £20million for further development, such as the cyber security and digital technologies centre which is already under construction.
Speaking at the opening Neil said: “It’s a fabulous achievement, it’s emblematic of my passion for increased investment in the manufacturing industry. It’s of paramount importance to thing big and be visionary.”