Sunderland’s new £29m college campus reaches milestone

From left, Sunderland College principal Anne Isherwood, director of facilities Karen Wade, and BAM Construction project manager Jason Kelly take part in the topping-out at City Campus.
From left, Sunderland College principal Anne Isherwood, director of facilities Karen Wade, and BAM Construction project manager Jason Kelly take part in the topping-out at City Campus.
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A £29million city centre development celebrated a milestone with a golden moment.

A topping-out ceremony has been held at Sunderland College’s new campus to mark the completion of steelwork at the site, next to Park Lane Interchange.

The celebration involved a golden bolt being attached to the highest part of the development, which started in January and is being built by BAM Construction.

The college’s principal, Anne Isherwood, said: “This is a landmark stage for the new campus and I am thrilled to share in this momentous occasion.

“City Campus will help to drive forward change and economic growth in Sunderland by introducing thousands of students and a number of commercial facilities to the city centre.”

The centre will be the college’s hub for its professional and technical courses and is due to open next September.

The building will feature industry-standard equipment and will offer more than 150 programmes, including 16-18, adult and higher education courses.

The campus will be home to 2,000 learners on construction, advanced manufacturing, engineering, automotive trades, travel and tourism, hair and beauty, and catering and hospitality courses.

It will also house commercial facilities including a spa, a restaurant, hair and beauty salons, a travel agency, bakery and a car repair service.

The development is funded through the Skills Funding Agency, Sunderland City Council and college reserves, and land has been secured from Homes and Communities Agency.