College Celebrates Topping Out of New Build

Students and staff from Dudley College gathered on the roof of Dudley Evolve, the new vocational training centre on Tower Street, to celebrate the 'Topping Out' ceremony where the steel structure of the four-storey development reached its highest point. To celebrate this milestone the final bolt was positioned in the steel structure and Christmas tree lights were switched on to mark the festive season at 11.00am on Wednesday 14 December.

Dudley College Staff and Students celebrate at the Topping Out Ceremony

The unique elements of Dudley Evolve are already beginning to take shape, including the sports hall, large enough for six badminton courts, the theatre which seats 180 people and the hair and beauty salon which will be open to the public. Also progressing is the large fitness suite behind the old fire station facade, two dance studios and a music area that houses a recording studio, sound proof rehearsal pods and a small performance area. 

The students who attended the landmark event were from sports, performing arts, travel and tourism and public service courses, and this was their first opportunity to visit the development where they will be studying when it opens in September 2012.

James Hill studying on the BTEC Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) course said "I'm really excited to see where I will be studying when I start the second year of my course in September. I chose Dudley College because it had such a good reputation for sport, but when we get to use all the new facilities at Dudley Evolve it's going to be even better! When I've finished my course I'm planning to go to university to study Sports Coaching, so being able to use the new gym and sports hall will help me get the practical experience I need to pass my course."

"Today is a very exciting day, now we've reached the topping out stage you can see how the development is really taking shape," explained Principal Lowell Williams, "Every time I visit the site I see how it's transforming from a steel structure into the fantastic vocation training centre we've imagined and planned. It really is going to be an unbelievable place to study."

Jonathan Kell, Regional Managing Director for ISG commented "It's a fantastic achievement to reach the topping out stage for Dudley Evolve, and to be able to mark the occasion with some of the students who'll be using the building when it is complete makes this milestone even more poignant."

The 18-metre high development is on course to open as planned in September 2012 and features many innovative design elements. Natural daylight will flood throughout the building through an enormous roof light, all floors will feature extensive views across the Memorial Gardens and the impressive entrance lobby will be accessible from Tower Street.