Construction and Building Services provision to relocate to Five Acres

Gloucestershire College has officially announced that it will be relocating its Construction and Building Services provision from a rented unit at the Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean to its Royal Forest of Dean Campus in Five Acres, and its Motor Vehicle provision to Gloucester Campus at Gloucester Docks, this summer.

From September 2015, the main Royal Forest of Dean Campus in Coleford will offer Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical Installation and Plumbing courses spanning Levels 1 to 3, and the College’s Motor Vehicle courses, also Levels 1 to 3, will be available at the Gloucester Campus.

The relocation to Five Acres will see students on full-time, construction-based courses and apprenticeships studying in newly created, purpose-built workshops, and benefiting from a more inclusive learning environment. The closure of the current Mitcheldean satellite campus will also save the College a considerable amount of money, which will be used in part to fund the planned improvements to the Five Acres site.

Improvements ahead of September 2015 include: the creation of four new art studios, enhancements to social spaces, the installation of new professional catering equipment and newly created English and math zones.

For many current construction students, the relocated courses will not only mean less travelling time but they will also be able to integrate into the wider college community by getting involved in sports and social clubs, and the Students’ Union, and enjoy improved access to catering facilities and English, maths and general learning support.

Principal Matthew Burgess said: “Amidst speculation about the future of Five Acres, I hope that this investment into the current Royal Forest of Dean Campus will alleviate any local concerns and enable potential students to apply for a course starting at Five Acres this September with confidence.

“We still have ambitious plans to build a new state-of-the-art campus in the Cinderford Northern Quarter, but the earliest this can now happen is September 2017 – until then, we are committed to providing an excellent student experience at our current site.”  

“The relocation of our Mitchdeldean provision makes sound financial sense, and I believe it will also help us to deliver high quality student experience; access to wider College facilities and experiences is a key benefit for students of Gloucestershire College. Work to create the new workshop space will start this summer, and will be completed ahead of the new academic year in September.”

For more information about Construction and Building Services at Gloucestershire College, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/construction and watch GC The Movie, or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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