Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology is on track for completion in September 2014.

Dudley Advance, the new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, currently under constructed on Priory Road, Dudley is on track for completion in September 2014. The latest addition to the Dudley Learning Quarter will bring first-class engineering and manufacturing training facilities to the region and will offer individuals and employers the best opportunities to develop their skills and businesses.

The mild winter has enabled contractors to progress unhampered with the erection of the steel framework, which is now complete and ready for the next stage of the build.

Over the coming weeks, passers-by will see the development transformed. The external ‘envelope’ will be built around the steel framework, which will then be clad in Zinc effect panels, giving the whole structure a traditional ‘machine tooled’ appearance. The decision to introduce an industrial look to the exterior of Dudley Advance was key as the college were keen to associate the new training centre with the heritage of engineering and manufacturing the Black Country.

The spiral staircase running through the centre of the development and the internal walls will started to be fitted by the end of the month, after which, the site will be watertight, and the internal fit-out can commence.

Alongside Dudley Advance, the construction of Dudley Enhance is also making good progress and on track to open in September 2014.

This smaller building purpose-built resource centre will be packed full of exciting technology and designed to support A level studies. One of Dudley Enhance’s key facilities is a large lecture theatre which can seat up to 100 students. To give flexibility the lecture theatre can also be divided into three teaching rooms, where smaller groups can be taught. The strikingly modern building will also house a café where students can relax with drinks and refreshments.

Steve Johnson, Executive Director of Estates and Capital Projects at Dudley College said: “Both Dudley Advance and Enhance are progressing to plan and we are on track to open the facilities to our students in the Autumn. The on-going development of the Dudley Learning Quarter will provide our growing student population with the facilities and space they need to really enjoy their studies.”