Former construction students at West Nottinghamshire College are putting their skills into practice on its multi-million pound redevelopment.
Many of the workers involved in the Derby Road campus’ state-of-the-art facelift studied their trades there.
Nottingham building firm J Tomlinson Limited and its sub-contractor, Keyclad Limited, have spent the last 15 months re-cladding its six-storey tower, a three-storey block, learning resource centre and higher education centre.
J Tomlinson is also transforming a former trades building into a design centre boasting industry-standard facilities, modern teaching space and bright and airy exhibition areas.
The company’s managing director of projects, Martin Gallagher, studied on a range of courses at the college between 1985 and 1992 including the City & Guilds advanced certificate in carpentry and joinery.
He said: “We are very pleased to be a part of the team working on this major redevelopment. Having studied here myself, it is a project close to my heart.
“The project has effectively utilised all of our team’s skills and hopefully, as well as helping develop an educational environment that positively influences and impacts on learning,
“We hope the work will demonstrate that qualifications from the college will stand students in good stead in their future careers.”
Martin was classmates with Andy Lee, contracts manager at Belper-based Keyclad, from 1989 to 1992, when the pair gained BTEC ONC and HNC qualifications in building studies, with Andy having previously studied the First Certificate in Construction at the college.
J Tomlinson’s project manager, Derek I’Anson, attended the college on block-release, and later on day-release, as an apprentice joiner between 1978 and 1984 when all construction courses were run from Derby Road.
Meanwhile the firm’s site manager, Craig Smallman, has recently completed his NVQ Level 6 diploma in construction site management and civil engineering through the college, which he combined with his work commitments.
Principal and chief executive Dame Asha Khemka said: “It was great to learn of the team’s links with the college. Our entire ethos is about equipping people with the skills and training to carve out successful careers and Martin, Derek, Craig and Andy have certainly achieved that.
“The scheme required a talented and technically-proficient management team to deliver our vision of providing a modern, inspirational campus fit for the 21st century learning and the results are looking very impressive indeed.
“Our new-look six-storey tower is looking particularly striking and serves as a truly iconic landmark on the gateway to Mansfield.”
Redevelopment of the campus is due for completion in September 2014 as part of the college’s £40m investment in its building and facilities across Mansfield and Ashfield.
In addition to installing more than 2,000 of the distinctive red, dark grey and sand-coloured external tiles that characterise the site, windows have been replaced, new paving laid and the footbridge to the main entrance has been fully-refurbished.
It means all buildings will share the same contemporary look as their newer counterparts, with the £5 million creative arts centre, £2.5 million sports hall and £11 million lifestyle academy setting the template for the new-look campus when they opened between 2011 and 2013.