Construction of the new £7 million Brunel Centre at SGS College’s WISE campus has reached a significant milestone; with the build becoming weather tight.
Based in Stoke Gifford and designed with sustainability and wellbeing at its heart, the Brunel Centre will be home to a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Media courses. With high ceilings and exposed timber interior walls, the whole building has been designed to improve the health and mindset of those studying within a cutting edge learning environment.
To celebrate the milestone and to see the new development first-hand, West of England Tim Bowles was welcomed to a socially distanced tour with SGS Group Chief Executive, Kevin Hamblin, SGS College Principal, Sara-Jane Watkins and Richard David, Director for Willmott Dixon.
The building has been funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
On viewing how the build was progressing and hearing about the educational opportunities the Brunel Centre will provide, Mayor Tim Bowles commented: “This major investment in the region is really coming to life and adds to the excellent progress we have made building the facilities that our students deserve.
“The purpose- built new Brunel centre will really inspire the next generation and help them get their new careers off to the best possible start with the vital skills they need to secure the decent, well-paid jobs of the future.”
SGS Group Chief Executive, Kevin Hamblin added “I was delighted to welcome the Mayor for the West of England to view the fantastic development of this new centre for high tech skills at SGS. The build will provide increased capacity in the area for the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers and creatives and inspire them to push harder to achieve their educational goals. Credit must be given to WECA who had the foresight and confidence to make this investment, as it will provide a world class environment for another 400 students a year to study at SGS.”
Richard David, Director for Willmott Dixon concluded “We were pleased to show the Mayor of the West of England around the project. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, the project remains on programme and is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved.
“With sustainability and wellbeing central to the design and construction, we are confident that the finished building will be an inspiring space for next generation to learn.’’