New Construction Skills Centre: Roofing Ceremony

Work on Bath College’s new construction skills centre has reached an exciting stage, with builders about to complete the roofing stage of the build.


The purpose-built facility at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock will be open from September and will allow all construction trades to be taught under one roof.


The team at Bath College took a trip up to the top of the roof to see how building work on the state-of-the-art centre is progressing.


Project Manager Miranda Hill from Midas Group Ltd who are building the centre said:


“The completion of the roof will mark a significant milestone in this project. We’re well on our way to being watertight.


Works on the site are progressing well, the upper roof has been finished, and the lower roof should complete this week. We will then be moving on to the wall cladding and flooring, so the centre is really starting to take shape now.


Karen Fraser, Director of Student Services & Marketing, joined project manager Miranda Hill as they put the final touches to the upper roof.


Karen was invited to drill one of the fixings on the roof and stood on the second floor, made from a giant polished concrete slab. She said:


“It was great to get on site and see how far the project has come – it is exciting to see what an excellent facility will be on offer to students starting this September and beyond.


“Our new workshops will cater for 500 students and apprentices studying bricklaying, construction, carpentry and stonemasonry, as well as plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration.


“Places are available now for full-time vocational courses for 16 to 18-year-olds, as well as apprenticeships, but they are filling up quickly so students should get their applications in as soon as possible.”


The College are offering local businesses the opportunity to sponsor some of the suites within the new Centre. If your business is interested in joining them please contact daisy.walsh@bathcollege.ac.uk


Find out more about the new Construction Skills Centre.


Bath College students prepare food for area's top chefs

Catering and Hospitality students from Bath College recently prepared canapés for top chefs under the expert eyes of Hywel Jones, Executive Chef at Lucknam Park. The Chefs’ Forum event began with a Nyetimber and canapé reception prepared with the help of students from the College.


Chefs from Bath and the Cotwolds went on to show off their physical skills, as well as their cooking skills at the September meeting of The Chefs’ Forum. Guests at the event, which was held at the beautiful Lucknam Park Hotel near Colerne, had the chance to try their hand at axe throwing and archery, alongside the rather more genteel activity of tea tasting, and a tour of the hotel’s kitchen garden.


Hywel said: “Thanks to the students for all their help, and thanks also to the sponsors and all those who supplied the ingredients.”


Bridget Halford, Head of Department for Hospitality, Hair, Beauty and Spa at Bath College, spoke about how The Chefs’ Forum events benefit the students. She said “We are lucky to be able to work with key figures in the hospitality and catering industry. This opportunity at Lucknam Park has given our students key skills which will help their employability longer term.”


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