College handed keys to brand new facilities

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A major part of a multi-million pound transformation of facilities at Brooksby Melton College’s Brooksby campus has been formally handed over.

Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland have been hard at work over the last year, building a brand new set of buildings to deliver state-of-the-art teaching facilities for students studying various courses.

The new facilities include a multi-purpose sport centre which was among the buildings recently handed over by the contractors.

The sport centre, already in use by students, features a full-sized sport hall, fully equipped strength and conditioning gym and 3G football pitch. Sport students will also have access to brand new sport science labs, enabling them to conduct various fitness tests and to develop a real understanding of the tests carried out in elite sport.

Other facilities handed over include purpose-built workshops, benefitting students on courses in construction, land-based service engineering and motor vehicle engineering, and new teaching facilities for students on foundation studies courses.

Also to gain from the redevelopment will be the environmental industries department (comprising of agriculture, countryside management, floristry and horticulture) which will have access to new glasshouses and theory rooms, in addition to the beef units and sheep run installed earlier in the year.

Principal Chris Ball said: “The recent handover is a testament to the hard work and dedication of contractors and college staff in providing our students with such brilliant new facilities.

“We’re delighted with the results. The transformed teaching areas will be a real asset, allowing tutors to continue to inspire new generations of industry professionals.”

The college is now focusing on the next phase of works at its Melton campus which will include a revamp of its performing arts and media suite, new teaching areas and much more. For more information visit www.brooksby.ac.uk and click on the ‘Big BMC Transformation’ link.