Work is now underway on the brand-new £13 million campus in the South Bank area of Leeds after the College appointed Clugston Construction as the main contractor.
Representatives from Leeds College of Building, Clugston Construction, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and architecture practice Fuse Studios were all on site to see work commence earlier this week.
The work will complete towards the end of next year and will create a state of the art 5,200 square metre, four-storey building with a range of classrooms, workshops and an impressive central atrium, alongside the College’s existing South Bank campus, between Cudbear Street and Black Bull Street.
A large proportion of Leeds College of Building’s 7,000 students will then attend the two South Bank sites, with the remainder using the College’s North Street campus.
Phase two of the Hunslet campus is being supported by
As part of this funding, £1m will also be spent refurbishing the North Street campus.
“Clugston Construction has a strong presence in Leeds and a successful track-record working on a wide range of high-profile education projects, throughout the North of England and beyond, which made the company the ideal partner for this contract.”
Steve Radcliffe, managing director of Clugston Construction, said: “This is a superb project for Clugston to be involved with and especially because it will play such an important role in contributing to the future talent of the construction sector, at a time when there are clear skills shortages in the industry.
“We already boast an enviable track-record throughout the education sector and this new campus is made even more prevalent by the fact that it will showcase our work to future construction workers for generations to come.”
Mike Harris from Fuse Studios, which also designed the College’s existing South Bank campus, added: “Seeing construction work start is always a special moment on any project and that’s certainly the case here.
“It’s just over two years since phase one of the Hunslet campus opened and it has quickly become a prominent South Bank landmark.
“This new building will complement this, featuring materials and an architectural language, to echo the area's industrial heritage, and it will be another highly sustainable building, with a BREEAM Excellent rating.”
Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority member, said: “The new Leeds College of Building development will form part of a thriving hub of
“By supporting more students and apprentices to progress into the construction industry through this new campus, we are ensuring our city grows in the long-term and
Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “Our £11.9m investment into Leeds College of Building is testimony to our commitment to
“We are laying the foundations today for
Leeds College of Building offers more than 200 courses across a huge range of