Work is advancing on £12m building
The new Advance II centre is due to open in spring 2017 and will be the first college of its kind specialising in the latest construction techniques, technology and off-site fabrication.
The towering steel-frame structure has had most of its groundwork completed. Builders are currently undertaking work inside, with live progress being shown via an on-line webcam.
Dudley North MP Ian Austin, who has applauded the building of the site, said: “It’s brilliant to see the new Advance II, the college’s new Centre for Advanced Building Technologies being built. It will be the first college training of students in the latest state-of-the-art construction techniques and technologies.
I’ve worked hard to support Lowell Williams and his brilliant work at Dudley College which has transformed the town with fantastic new facilities, bringing thousands of students to Dudley, boosting the town centre and strengthening our economy.”
The new 37,000 sq ft build will include workshops, classrooms, project spaces, resource areas and welfare and support facilities around a four-storey building called The Hanger. There will also be a ’digital centre’ in which Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital environment software packages will be demonstrated and taught.
Other facilities include a ‘carbon-friendly technology centre’ where students will acquire skills in the installation of air source heat pumps and photo-voltaic technologies.