Work starts on £4.4m college engineering centre

Artist impression of how the new engineering centre will look

Artist impression of how the new engineering centre will look

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WORK on Myerscough College’s new engineering centre has started, signalling the next phase in the college’s ambitious five-year £14 million redevelopment programme.

Construction is now underway on a brand new £4.4million engineering centre at Bilsborrow, due to open in June 2012.

With £2.9m of financial backing from Natwest commercial banking in Preston, the purpose-built centre will provide state-of-the-art teaching and training facilities to serve over 250 students across the engineering, mechanisation and construction sectors.

Designed to provide the highest quality practical workplace training, Myerscough College’s new centre will house specialist workrooms, workshops and dedicated units teaching.

With a new Rural Skills Centre, high-tech 3G sports pitches and state of the art changing rooms already built and in use, next on the list in the college’s multi-million pound expansion programme is a new restaurant and dining complex, due for completion in December 2011.

Speaking about what the new centre will mean for the teaching and training of tomorrow’s engineers and construction specialists, Course Leader John Holden commented: “Whilst the facilities for training the next generation of plant mechanics and land-based engineers have always been first class at Myerscough, the new centre will further enhance our ability to deliver the best possible teaching and training.

“As a result, our students will be better prepared for the world of work, as well as provide the ideal setting for providing additional training to those already in the workplace.”

Ann Turner, Myerscough College’s Principal, added: “The start of construction on our new Mechanisation and Engineering Centre is a very important and exciting development.

“It marks an important chapter in the future for Myerscough College. As the next stage in our £14million development programme, the new centre will mean the college extends its position at the fore-front of land based training in the North West.’’