Brand new, state-of-the art accommodation facilities have opened at the National Construction College campus, in Bircham Newton, West Norfolk.
The £5.1m facilities, built by Morgan Sindall, were opened by Henry Bellingham MP on 18th October and form the first phase of a 10 year re-development project that is being implemented to ensure world-class accommodation at Europe’s largest specialist training college.
In addition to the new accommodation – comprising 80 en-suite rooms each with Wifi access – the development includes a new Energy Centre housing a cutting edge biomass boiler, which will generate sufficient energy for a sustainable environment for all the new trainee accommodation.
At the opening of the new accommodation, Mr Bellingham, said:
“This new accommodation is a real step forward for the NCC and will help ensure that trainees have the best opportunity to succeed on the courses they follow. I congratulate the NCC on their achievement with this project. The Bircham Newton campus has a strong reputation across the construction industry and the investment in new accommodation will ensure that they can continue to support coming generations in developing a successful career in construction.”
Mr Bellingham was joined for the opening by guests including Garry Sandell, Deputy Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, who was once a trainee bricklayer at the college.
Discussing the importance of the project, Andy Walder, Director of the National Construction College, said:
“We believe that it is essential for our trainees to have access to the best living and learning facilities possible while they are with us. We take the welfare and well-being of our students extremely seriously and this new accommodation will help us deliver excellence in construction training in a safe, comfortable and attractive environment.
“With this kind of facility we can ensure that we are delivering a well-trained and qualified workforce – helping to make the UK’s construction industry more productive in the long term.”
For more information about the NCC visit www.cskills.org/training.