Staff and students celebrate progress with multi-million pound college extension

The new look Sheffield College on Olive Grove Road
The new look Sheffield College on Olive Grove Road
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Staff, students and construction workers held a ceremony to mark the progress with a new £6.8 million extension to a college in Sheffield.

Work began on the upgrade to The Sheffield College of Applied Engineering on Olive Grove Road over the summer, with the official opening planned for next September.

Construction work is underway at Sheffield College - Olive Grove Road

Construction work is underway at Sheffield College - Olive Grove Road

This month has seen the completion of the piling works – the installation of foundations into the ground. The next phase will involve the installation of the steel frame of the new building, after Christmas.

Principal Julie Byrne said: “Engineering and technology are growth industries. These fantastic new facilities will enable us to reshape the curriculum and ensure that our students’ education and training fills regional skills gaps, and accelerates business growth.”

Rod Fry, Construction Director of Clugston, the firm which is building the new college, said: “We are delighted to be working once again with The Sheffield College after delivering works at Peaks College in 2011.

“Being a Yorkshire based contractor, securing this project has helped us place staff within their local area, as well as providing opportunities for the local supply chain who we will work closely with throughout.

“We are excited to be involved in helping the college deliver its expansion plans, which in turn will provide first class facilities for its students.”

Engineering student Sephora Yedu said: “The new building will have better technology and be a great place for engineering students to study.”

The college specialises in motor vehicle, plumbing and electrical and manufacturing engineering courses, and has around 1,000 students