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New construction technology centre unveiled at Leicester College

Stepnell has put the finishing touches to a £1.6 million project which has created a state-of-the-art teaching facility for construction learners at Leicester College.

The newly unveiled Construction Technology Centre – at the Freemen’s Park campus in Aylestone Road, Leicester – has seen existing facilities significantly extended and refurbished to provide students with a modern workspace where they can develop their skills using the latest equipment and technology.

The four-month building programme by the Nottingham construction team has created a 900 sq m open-plan zoned joinery and bench joinery teaching space. It includes a power tool pod; 19 individual working spaces; an extended wood machine room and a computer-aided design area. New windows and curtain walling have been installed to maximise natural light coming into the building.

Dated metal cladding has also been replaced with seared torch timber cladding and new lighting and heating systems have been installed to provide better ventilation and energy efficiency. The extension and refurbishment project was designed by Leicester-based Moss Architecture Interiors Ltd.

Leicester College principal Verity Hancock comments: “The opening of the new Construction Centre is vital to the College’s plans to invigorate this important industry in Leicester and Leicestershire; enabling us to better support existing and future learners while meeting the growing demand for construction-based training and education.”

Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “As a company which is committed to skills development and bringing more young people into the industry, it’s particularly rewarding to have completed work on these advanced new facilities and to see everyone benefiting from the transformed workshop space.”

As part of its ongoing partnership with the College, Stepnell also provided work placements enabling construction students at the College to gain experience on the Construction Technology Centre scheme, under the supervision of the Stepnell team. Stepnell also supported the College’s Employability Week event earlier this year, organising visits by Leicester College learners to a construction site and giving presentations on construction careers.