Eastleigh College is pleased to announce the completion of its striking new Advanced Technology Centre, after the last brick of the construction was laid at a recent celebration event.
The building brings the Colleges’ three stage £12m major redevelopment project to a close, with stages one and two – the modernisation of the rear of the College and brand new teaching facilities for Art, Hair and Beauty - already complete.
Once operational, the new centre will provide a fantastic range of facilities for students of all ages studying computer science, engineering and construction. It also boasts state-of-the-art features such as an IT networking laboratory, CAD suites with specialist 3D printing software, industrial robotics and an anti-static electronics lab, all of which will be installed over the coming months.
During the event Paul Phasey, lead architect on the construction for Architecture PLB, commented on his compelling design. “The building is based on a chemical element called Ytterbium which is a super conductor and semi-precious metal used in electronics. For me this was a good visual reference of what was going on inside the building without it being too overt! Plus it also has a practical use, shading the interior from the sun.”
When speaking about the whole College development, he added; “This building is my favourite as I think it has a real street presence! I didn’t know very much about the College before this project, but it is clear to me that this is an institution with high aspirations and the back bone to back it up, which for this project I think has really paid off.”
During the event, lead contractors, Amiri Construction, presented Jan Edrich, Chief Executive and Principal at Eastleigh College with a commemorative plaque, which will be displayed within the centre. Commenting at the event Dr Edrich added, “We are delighted with the quality of, and the superb new facilities that this building and our entire campus redevelopment will provide. For me, the immense opportunities that this will give our students and the local area for generations to come is extremely exciting, and we look forward to welcoming our new students into these fantastic new facilities over the coming months.”
To find out more about the range of course available within our Advanced Technology Centre and the rest of our campus development, please visit the news section of this website or call 023 8091 1299.