Work has started on a Leeds College of Building’s new £16m education and training facility to the south of Leeds city centre.
GB Building Solutions is the lead contractor on the 51-week project, with AECOM as project manager.
The 8,000 sq m building at Hunslet Lane and Black Bull Street has been designed by Fuse Studios. The site was bought last year from Yorkshire Design Group.
The project is part of the college’s plan to consolidate six of its sites into an energy efficient campus that is easy to access by public transport.
Anthony Judge from GB Group, which has already worked on projects for Wakefield College and Huddersfield University, said: “We have already started the enabling works with vibro and pad foundations scheduled for February and March. After that, we will start work on the erection of the steel frame.”
Fuse Studios director Mike Harris said the new building would “deliver an unrivalled learning environment for the students”, with “over half of the space dedicated to the new specialist workshops”.
He added: “Separate classroom areas and non-teaching spaces which include a new entrance piazza, library, student services area and refectory all combine to create a truly innovative and inspiring learning environment; which will achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating when complete.”
College prinicipal Ian Billyard said: “This much anticipated project will not only encourage further regeneration of the area, but will create an inspiring new campus that will serve a large proportion of our 7,500 students.”
AECOM director Robert Hardy added: “The development also supports the regeneration of the south bank, providing much needed linkage with the city.”