The Esh Build team has started construction of a new state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building for Northumberland College based at their Ashington Campus.

3rd March 2017

STEM is a significant subject due to the shortages identified in this field and as a result there is a desire to provide more training and facilities that cater for this subject at the college. The new centre will include specialist science and technology workshops with dedicated facilities that will include fab labs where budding product designers and entrepreneurs can access the latest in digital fabrication equipment for prototyping.

The STEM building offers 638m2 of high quality education space with flexible open plan teaching facilities and follows on from our successful delivery of the £7.4m STEM Building for Middlesbrough College.

The new centre will include specialist science and technology workshops with dedicated facilities that will include fab labs where budding product designers and entrepreneurs can access the latest in digital fabrication equipment for prototyping.

Principal and Chief Executive, Marcus Clinton said: “There are skills shortages within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) so we will be adding new courses that are designed with feedback from employers and cover fabrication, processing, IT and digital, robotics and hydraulics, this training will benefit our students and the local economy.”

Proposed timescales include the building’s foundations being laid before Christmas with building competition set for the end of July, ready for occupation by mid-August in time for the new cohort of students starting in September.

The new science and technology centre will also provide a base to maths and digital courses at the College.

This is a very exciting time for the College and we are very pleased to have appointed Esh Build as the contractors for our STEM Centre who have worked on many major projects around the North.

The development of this building is very good news for the college and for Northumberland, following on from an exceptionally successful year of achievements and outcomes for students.

- Principal and Chief Executive, Marcus Clinton

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