BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS; Demolition Heralds College Curriculum Expansion

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES krysta.eaves@eveninggazette.co.uk

CHANGE is in the air at Middlesbrough College with the demolition of a derelict building along with the expansion of the curriculum.

The demolition of a derelict property at Dock Street is hoped to give hundreds of construction students the skills they need to compete in the job market.

And plans have also been submitted to Middlesbrough Council to create new engineering and electrical workshops at the college.

Esh Group are currently demolishing the derelict building behind MC6 and MC SPORT before they lay the infrastructure for the Middlesbrough College Construction site.

Over the course of an academic year students will build a detached bungalow on the site. It will be deconstructed at the end of the year, with the materials recycled and the process will then start again with a new intake of students.

Marty Humphries, head of construction projects at Middlesbrough College, said: "Construction students will not only gain the skills they need but will gain experience of working on a fully functional site, something employers tell us they need."

The students will have the opportunity to train in groundworks, landscaping, brickwork, plastering, rendering, plumbing, joinery and electrical skills. Students will also be trained in renewable energies and sustainable building methods, including solar panels and high grade low carbon insulation materials.

Meanwhile plans have been submitted to extend the existing college building to create a new engineering space. …