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News: Col­lege City Hub cam­pus a third of the way to completion

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City Hub - artist's impression
City Hub - artist's impression

Our flagship City Hub campus development, being built by Wates Construction, is now over 40 weeks in, more than a third of the way to reaching completion in 2020

The City Hub is an inte­gral part of Nottingham’s South­side regen­er­a­tion pro­gramme, with £2bn of rede­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and oppor­tu­ni­ties in a half square mile area. These rede­vel­op­ments include Not­ting­ham Cas­tle, intu Broad­marsh, Broad­marsh Car Park and Bus Sta­tion and future devel­op­ments such as the College’s Maid Mar­i­an Way cam­pus, which could become res­i­den­tial accom­mo­da­tion , Uni­ty Square and the 40 acre Island Site which looks to pro­vide new homes, office space and a pro­posed five-star hotel.

City Hub campus development

With two cranes now tow­er­ing above the site and with much of the building’s steel frame in place, the College’s scheme will be the first of the projects with­in the South­side regen­er­a­tion pro­gramme to complete.

In around 80 weeks’ time, 2,500 col­lege stu­dents will pour through the doors of the new City Hub cam­pus — the icing on the cake for the £58m project that got under­way fol­low­ing the merg­er of Cen­tral and New Col­lege Not­ting­ham to cre­ate Not­ting­ham Col­lege just two years ago. 

In part­ner­ship with Wates Con­struc­tion, more than 150 stu­dents have observed the project’s build progress up close in the past five months, spend­ing time with engi­neers and oper­a­tives on site and learn­ing how a project of this scale comes together. 

100 stu­dents from across the College’s Con­struc­tion fac­ul­ty and its spe­cial­ist Archi­tec­ture and 3D design course have toured the site at dif­fer­ent stages of con­struc­tion. Stu­dents study­ing the var­i­ous con­struc­tion trades have been giv­en a unique insight into a future career path and have received prac­ti­cal train­ing from Wates. 

From this sum­mer, Col­lege stu­dents will also be offered work expe­ri­ence oppor­tu­ni­ties on the site to fur­ther devel­op their skills and make vital indus­try con­tacts. In July, the Col­lege is look­ing to place around 30 brick­work stu­dents on work expe­ri­ence and fur­ther on into the year, a sim­i­lar num­ber in plumb­ing and heat­ing, electrics, plas­ter­ing, paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing and car­pen­try and join­ery oppor­tu­ni­ties will be offered. 

Wates, which is part of the Con­sid­er­ate Con­struc­tors Scheme, has tak­en a proac­tive approach to engag­ing col­lege stu­dents with the project. Mem­bers of the Wates team have tak­en on men­tor-like roles, help­ing stu­dents to under­stand the var­i­ous routes into indus­try and the skills and exper­tise required. 

Charles Ben­jamin is a Lev­el 3 Con­struc­tion stu­dent at the Col­lege. Fol­low­ing his vis­it to the site he’s secured a work expe­ri­ence place­ment with Wates’ quan­ti­ty sur­vey­ing team. Charles has applied to Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty to study Quan­ti­ty Sur­vey­ing this September. 

Charles said: I’ve always known what I’ve want­ed to do but it’s tak­en me some time for every­thing to come togeth­er and for me to get the right qual­i­fi­ca­tions and skills to move me clos­er to my career. Hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see a project of this scale up close, and meet the peo­ple who live and breathe it every day, was quite some­thing. Mak­ing con­tacts and hear­ing from peo­ple about how they got to where they are is real­ly encour­ag­ing and makes me more deter­mined to work hard and aim high.” 

The Char­tered Insti­tute of Build­ing reports that 157,000 new recruits are need­ed by the indus­try by 2021 in order to keep up with con­struc­tion demand. If we look at Not­ting­ham city cen­tre alone, there are around 30 devel­op­ments in the pipeline or already start­ed so the con­struc­tion sec­tor is boom­ing local­ly – great news for those about to launch their careers after college. 

It was absolute­ly para­mount that we work with our con­struc­tion part­ner to max­imise oppor­tu­ni­ties for our stu­dents to engage with this project. There is no greater les­son and no bet­ter class­room in which to learn and prac­tice skills that are so des­per­ate­ly need­ed local­ly and nation­al­ly. Our con­struc­tion stu­dents enjoy fan­tas­tic facil­i­ties at our Bas­ford Hall cam­pus so to be able to offer them a live con­struc­tion site, espe­cial­ly one of this scale, is a fan­tas­tic bonus. 

 — John van de Laarschot, Chief Exec­u­tive of Not­ting­ham College

John Car­lin, Region­al Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Wates Con­struc­tion, said:

From the out­set of our work on Not­ting­ham City Hub, we’ve remained com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the College’s employ­a­bil­i­ty agen­da. The con­struc­tion indus­try has been faced with a sig­nif­i­cant skills deficit in recent years so it’s been extreme­ly impor­tant for com­pa­nies like Wates to pro­mote the dif­fer­ent indus­try path­ways and range of careers avail­able with­in this dynam­ic sec­tor. By pro­vid­ing these bright stu­dents with the tools through which to enhance their prospects, we’re leav­ing a lega­cy that will last long after con­struc­tion completes.”

The City Hub was pro­cured via Major Works — UK, part of Scape’s Nation­al Con­struc­tion frame­work. The frame­work has been designed to deliv­er sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of local eco­nom­ic engage­ment as well as exten­sive com­mu­ni­ty initiatives. 

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  • 17th April 2019 (4:44 PM)
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