WORK on Sunderland College’s £29million city centre campus will start next month.
The college has appointed BAM Construction to build the new 11,500 square metre vocational campus, on land opposite Park Lane bus station.
Once complete, the building will house up to 2,000 students and more than 120 staff, whose spending power will provide a major boost for city centre businesses.
College principal Anne Isherwood, said: “This is a very exciting time for Sunderland College and we are all looking forward to watching the new building take shape.
“The campus will provide industry-standard facilities for technical and professional education, including our growing apprenticeship provision.
“The facilities will equip them with the skills necessary to progress successfully into employment and Higher Education.
“In addition, this flagship site will enable us to attract more students from outside the city, as well as those from Sunderland.”
“We’ve been working closely with Sunderland City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency on this project, and I’d like to thank them for all their support.”
The new building will house vocational courses transferred from the college’s Hylton Campus, including advanced engineering, manufacturing, construction trades, automotive trades, travel and tourism, catering and hospitality.
It will also incorporate hair, beauty and barbering facilities, a spa, a bakery, a travel agency and a restaurant all of which will be accessible to the public.
BAM Construction recently completed the college’s £22million Sports and Visual and Performing Arts buildings, which opened in September at the Bede Campus.
Director Andrew Warwick said: “The new city campus building will house state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces, and play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the city centre.
“We’re therefore delighted to be working with Sunderland College again on this exciting new development.”
Work will be fully completed in Spring 2016.
Sunderland City Council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “To have a flagship campus on this site is a major boost for the city centre and its economy.”