Build work on Nottingham College’s new City Hub campus, in the city centre, is now complete.
Builders and main contractors Wates, formally handed over the building to the College last week and work now begins to relocate more than 2000 students and 200 staff into the building.
The handover marks over two years of build works, and many more on planning, to re-purpose the former brownfield site next to the Broadmarsh.
The £58.5m state-of-the-art City Hub will provide new learning and community facilities and future employment opportunities to thousands.
With the new building fully functional and operational by the New Year, the College will say goodbye to its Clarendon and Maid Marian Way campuses and say hello to its new City Hub, along with a newly renovated Adams Building.
Carole Thorogood, College Chair of Governors, said: “I am delighted to take possession of the City Hub on behalf of Nottingham College and I would like to thank all of those who have worked so hard to make this day happen in such difficult times.
“The building is spectacular both inside and out and I know that staff and students can’t wait to start using it. This is a major investment in education and skills in Nottingham by the College, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the City Council.
“These state-of-the-art teaching facilities will inspire generations of students and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the needs of local, national and international employers helping them and their City to thrive.
“The full economic impact of the coronavirus is still to be felt. But education and this college will be vital to rebuilding the economy and people’s livelihoods by providing excellence in education and a route to exceptional opportunities for the City and its people.”
John Carlin, Regional Midlands MD, Wates, said: “This has been such a memorable project for us in large part due to the positive impact it’s left on the city’s stars of tomorrow.
“We’ve been proud to provide permanent jobs to four school leavers, including two graduates from Nottingham College, created 29 apprenticeships and carried out 65 educational visits, as well as delivering 18 lectures on the Built Environment at the College itself.
“Thanks to the hard work of Project Director Adam Cannon and his team we’re thrilled with the end result and can’t want to see students experience the new campus in the New Year.”
The City Hub development is a partnership effort, receiving a £30m grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and additional funding support from the City Council.
Sajeeda Rose, the Chief Executive of the D2N2 LEP said: “We are delighted to see that the Nottingham City Hub is one step closer to welcoming students through its doors. D2N2 is proud to have invested £30million of Local Growth Funding into the construction of this landmark building.
“The Nottingham City Hub will change the face of skills provision in our area, playing a key part in the pathway towards rebuilding and growing our economy by creating career paths and providing our businesses with the talent they need to thrive and grow.”