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College receives keys to new Advanced Engineering Centre

Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013 at 1:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Advanced Engineering Centre key handover.

The keys to a significant new Bristol building were handed over on Wednesday (21st August), as City of Bristol College took possession of its new £12m Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) at New Road, Stoke Gifford.

The keys were handed over by Cowlin Construction after building work at the centre was successfully completed earlier this month.

College staff are now making final preparations inside the building in readiness for when the doors open to learners this September.

The AEC will provide a state-of-the-art learning and working environment for City of Bristol College learners and staff. It will bring together most of the College’s existing engineering, aeronautical, manufacturing and automotive courses in one place.

The centre is geared towards equipping learners with the skills and experience they need for employment in the sector. It will provide great industry facilities including workshops, laboratories and testing/diagnostic equipment. It will also provide learners with the latest technology and will house the highest standard of the latest industry equipment, including:

  • A vehicle brake testing station
  • An on-site commercial jet aircraft
  • 3D printing

More: College’s Parkway Transport Technology Centre refurbished » »

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Turf-cutting marks start of work on college’s new engineering centre

Posted on Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 3:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Turf-cutting ceremony at the New Road site in Stoke Gifford.

Building work has started on City of Bristol College’s newest building, on the site of the former Filton High School in New Road, Stoke Gifford.

The £12 million Advanced Engineering Centre will bring together the college’s automotive and aeronautical engineering into one state-of-the-art building creating one of the largest engineering centres in the UK.

The new facility will include several new workshops, a hydraulics laboratory and electronic laboratory.

For aeronautical engineering, there will be a large hanger for two aircraft, an avionics laboratory, a technical library, an engine workshop, a composite material workshop and a large heavy vehicle workshop and classroom complex.

The new centre will be built on land adjacent to the college’s existing Parkway Transport Technology Centre, which is being refurbished as part of the same project.

Speaking about the build, Lynn Merilion, City of Bristol College Principal said:

“This new building has been created with one thing in mind – providing students with the latest technology and giving them the skills and experience they need to progress into employment. We are looking forward to seeing the finished product and welcoming students into this fantastic new centre of excellence.”

The Advanced Engineering Centre will accommodate up to 1,600 students and is due to open in September 2013.

One of the largest further education colleges in the UK, City of Bristol College offers over 2,000 courses at all levels for both 16-19 year olds and adult learners. Currently catering for more than 30,000 students and employing over 2,200 staff, the college delivers a significant majority of the post-16 educational provision in the Greater Bristol area.

More: Centre is one of two construction projects underway on site »

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Planning application for University Technical College expected soon

Posted on Saturday 21st April 2012 at 3:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed Bristol Technology & Engineering College, Stoke Gifford.

A planning application for the construction of a University Technical College (UTC) on the site of the former Filton High School looks set to be submitted soon following a public consultation event held earlier this week.

Funding for the a UTC to serve Bristol and South Gloucestershire was approved by the Government in October 2011 and South Gloucestershire Council has earmarked the New Road site as its preferred location.

Subject to planning approvals, the UTC will be constructed adjacent to a new engineering department building that the City of Bristol College wants to erect on the same site, in front of Abbeywood Community School.

A planning application for the engineering department building, submitted in December last year, looks set to be given the green light at next week’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee after a recently published officer’s report recommended approval.

University Technical Colleges are a Government initiative that give 14-19 year olds the opportunity to “take a highly regarded, full time, technically-oriented course of study”. Staff manning this week’s consultation event said the Government was keen to see the Bristol and South Gloucestershire UTC open by September 2013.

Formally known as the Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy (BTE Academy), the new UTC will be attended by a total of 440 students when fully occupied. In the first year of opening , the maximum number of students is expected to be 120 in Year 10 and 100 in Year 12. When fully operational, the UTC will have 33 Full Time Equivalent members of staff.

More: Proposed UTC is co-sponsored by local engineering firms »

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New college building would create gridlock, claim objectors

Posted on Monday 26th March 2012 at 11:25 am by SH (Editor)

City of Bristol College's proposed Engineering Department building

City of Bristol College’s plan to build a new Engineering Department building on vacant land in front of Abbeywood Community School would lead to gridlock on local roads, according to local residents and school management.

The College has applied for permission to make alterations to its existing Parkway Transport Technology Centre and erect a new building to house its aeronautics, engineering and DAF departments. The planning application states that the proposed development would cater for 465 students, compared to the 196 that currently attend the site.

The aeronautical department is currently located at Orpen Park, Bradley Stoke, but the college states that the lease on that site will run out in the near future, while the engineering department is based at the College’s Ashley Down site.

The new building would be located on land in front of Abbeywood Community School that was left vacant following the demolition of Filton High School.

Another part of the same plot of vacant land has been earmarked for a University Technical College (UTC), a project for which the City of Bristol College is the lead sponsor, although no planning application has yet been made for that development.

A total of 17 consultation replies have been received on the plans, with nearly all of them raising concerns about the impact of the development on the capacity of the surrounding highway network.  Other concerns relate to the conflict between the college traffic and school children accessing Abbeywood Community School.

More: Abbeywood head raises "strong objection" to proposal »

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