City of Bristol College’s Advanced Construction Skills Centre (ACSC) has been named the Development of the Year at the Insider Property Awards South West 2021.
The Centre, which opened to the inaugural cohort of students in September, was built to provide a centre for sustainable construction education in south Bristol, and was completed on-time and on-budget as an annexe to South Bristol Skills Academy.
Midas Construction led on the project, bringing Atkins design to life to provide an exciting learning environment for learners.
A City of Bristol College spokesperson said: “It is an honour to be presented with this award and a testament to all of the hard work from everyone involved in the process. The Advanced Construction Skills Centre was built with a number of key aims, including providing a construction provision to south Bristol and to encourage women into the construction industry.
“We would like to thank our partners at Midas, Atkins, Clarkebond, Method, Mac Acoustics and the Local Enterprise Partnership. We would also like to thank our headline sponsor Vistry Partnerships as well as Hays Recruitment and Beard Construction for their ongoing support.”
Mark Wusthoff, Midas Construction Operational Director for Wessex, Wales and the West Midlands, said: “As a home-grown company and leading business in the South West’s construction sector, we were delighted to be part of the creation of this impressive facility. The Advanced Construction Skills Centre is a wonderful resource which will create a lasting legacy for our industry, the local economy and the generations of construction trainees who will study there. It is really pleasing to see the centre receive this award and win the wider recognition that it deserves.”
The Centre was partially funded by the West of England Combined Authority’s Local Enterprise Partnership, which provided £6m while the College invested the remaining £3m.
Students learning at the new site will benefit from open and bright classrooms, top-of-the-range machines and materials and an inspiring learning environment. The layout of the new Centre will also allow student to work with key employers on-site.
The state-of-the-art Centre is home to an array of construction courses and motor vehicle studies, with traditional construction pathways such as plastering, brickwork and carpentry as well as professional construction pathways.
The opening of the new Centre will also see City of Bristol College introduce brand-new courses and topics, such as retrofit to support developments in sustainable construction techniques.
Find out more about the award-winning centre here.