Construction work has just started on the modern single-storey teaching facility at the further education college’s Abbey Park Campus in Leicester city centre. The leading-edge facility will cater for the growing numbers of learners signing up for motor vehicle engineering courses at the College, which is one of the UK’s largest further education institutions.
Designed by Leicester-based Moss Architecture, the building will also be the first phase of the College’s new vocational Skills Village development.
The new single-storey motor vehicle workshop will incorporate two classrooms and extensive practical facilities for both cars and motorcycles.
The steel-framed building, due for completion in summer 2015, will provide 600 sqm of workshop space with facilities for up to 80 learners at one time. The front of the building includes a large, arched feature window.
Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “We’re excited to be working with Leicester College on this state-of-the-art vehicle workshop which will further enhance its already excellent teaching facilities. Our team has solid expertise in the delivery of high-quality educational buildings providing learners and staff with the best possible teaching environment.”
Jim Bowditch, director of estates and campus services, also comments: “The Motor Vehicle Engineering Centre is the first phase development of Leicester College’s Skills Village. The new building will allow the College to accommodate the growing demand for motor vehicle training within Leicester and the wider region. The building also represents the investment and importance that Leicester College and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) place on delivering exceptional training facilities for the engineering sector.”
During the construction programme, Stepnell will provide opportunities for apprentices and construction learners at the College to work on the development and gain practical experience on site.
Major education sector schemes which Stepnell is currently working on include the transformation of a former sports centre at De Montfort University Leicester into a conference and events venue.