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Calderdale College opens £9m education facilities

GRAHAM Construction created the state-of-the-art learning space and Learning Resource Centre (LRC) for the college

Posted by Hannah Vickers | April 06, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Calderdale College, Halifax has officially unveiled £9m of new facilities, completed by GRAHAM Construction.

GRAHAM undertook the refurbishment of three floors of the college’s Percival Whitley Centre to create a state-of-the-art learning space and Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

The transformation, designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects, will enable the college to deliver new courses in areas such as dentistry, pharmacy, health and social care and childcare. A specialised Digital Skills and Business Enterprise Centre has been created to deliver additional courses in games design, video editing, visual effects and computer sciences, alongside a dedicated centre for apprenticeship training.

These facilities will open up a wide range of new career paths for learners in West Yorkshire - Gary Hughes, Regional Director for England North

GRAHAM Regional Director for England North, Gary Hughes said: “Everyone at GRAHAM Construction is delighted that the work we have undertaken will significantly enhance the Calderdale College’s ability to meet local skills and employment needs.

“GRAHAM has an excellent reputation in the education sector and, once again, by collaborating closely with the client and having a strong supply chain, we have delivered an innovative, creative and sustainable development. These facilities will open up a wide range of new career paths for learners in West Yorkshire, and we will continue to engage with the college to support their construction skills and training courses.”

The refurbishment work was part of the ‘Unlocking Potential’ project, a multi-million pound building programme jointly funded by Calderdale College and through Growth Deal funding secured by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

GRAHAM has worked with Calderdale College throughout the project to create skills and training opportunities for learners. This has included work placements, site visits and classroom-based training.

Denise Cheng-Carter, Deputy Principal, Finance and Resources for Calderdale College, said: “It has been great to witness the refurbishments coming together. Seeing all the hard work that has gone into our Unlocking Potential project really highlights the skills within the construction sector.

“As part of our work creating a ‘skills for jobs’ curriculum, the college is keen to maintain links with GRAHAM and other construction companies to ensure we are aligning our course offer with the needs of the construction industry.

“Additionally, we will continue to build on our course offer to businesses in this sector in order to meet skills gaps and contribute towards the growth of the region.”

More than 70 people attended an official opening event at the college this week, with guests including the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Howard Blagbrough, Sue Cooke of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and Caroline Rowley, Regional Director for the Association of Colleges (AoC).

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