Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keys to the Future.For College and the Students; EDUCATION

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keys to the Future.For College and the Students; EDUCATION

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

STUDENTS will soon be stepping into Sunderland College's new PS29m campus after construction was completed on time and on budget before the start of the new academic year.

The keys to City Campus, the new facility in the heart of Sunderland city centre, have been handed over after more than 400,000 hours of work were carried out since contractors first moved on site in December 2014.

The new campus, which will open its doors to more than 2,000 students in the coming weeks, has been completed by contractor BAM, and the finishing touches are being made for the start of classes on Monday, September 12. The new 141,712 sqft building will provide education in construction, advanced manufacturing, engineering, automotive trades, travel and tourism, hair and beauty, and catering and hospitality courses, and includes state-of-the-art facilities that are attracting students from right across the North East.

Principal and chief executive Ellen Thinnesen said the college is delighted to take control of the building, which she describes as a flagship base for technical and professional education and training.

She said: "Whilst Sunderland College already makes a PS444.5m yearly economic contribution to the North East business community, City Campus is a hugely significant to the ongoing development of the organisation, the city and wider area.

"The campus is equipped with state of the art facilities, each floor and area focussed on the world of work and key North East industry sectors. …

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