TV star to open College’s new site

Former Tomorrow’s World presenter Kate Bellingham will cut the ribbon to open a new £3 million Engineering and Construction Centre at Shrewsbury College.

The facility has been in operation since the autumn, when work was completed. But it will not be officially opened until February 8, during Apprenticeship Week, when the TV and radio presenter comes to the site. Local school pupils will be at the event taking part in a question and answer session with the TV star, who will also be giving a speech.

Charmian Turner, Head of Marketing at Shrewsbury College, said: “In September 2009, the College was successful in securing extra funds to refurbish the tired-looking technology block at the London Road campus. The ambitious project commenced in November 2010, meaning that students in engineering, welding, motor vehicle, carpentry and joinery and ceramics would all directly benefit from improved self-contained facilities.”

Its new facilities include five new classrooms, two laboratories, an engineering workshop with the latest vehicle extract system, a dedicated machine shop for carpentry and joinery students and an open air sculpture studio.

Head of Technology, Peter Harrison, said: “Being in the industry, it’s great for the students to see the development first hand.

“Their views and opinions have been taken into account during the project and have influenced decisions such as the use of colour throughout the building.”
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