College builds on success with new construction and engineering centre

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East Berkshire College's new STEM Project & Research Centre for construction, engineering and technology at Langley College was officially unveiled on Tuesday (10th November 2015).

The Mayor of Slough, Councillor Mohammed Rasib, officially opened the facilities to gathered guests, which included local dignitaries, students, staff and local businesses such as AkzoNobel and Paradigm Housing Group.

The auspicious event marked the completion of the third and final phase of a £30m improvement project at the Station Road campus, which features new dedicated workshops for bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, plastering, welding, painting and decorating, fitted interiors, electrical and engineering. Designed to enable students to develop higher level skills in a realistic work environment, the new centre also includes a fantastic project space, where construction, IT and engineering students are working together to build a bungalow complete with SMART technology.

Talking at the event, Principal Kate Webb explains: "The new £5.1m STEM Centre is a fantastic asset to our Langley College, which will enhance the learning experience for our students and enable them to develop the specialist technical skills employers require.

"As well as providing modern workshops for construction and engineering disciplines, the centre will allow students to use their skills in a realistic work environment by working together to build a full-scale bungalow each year."

Special guest, renowned designer and entrepreneur, Wayne Hemingway MBE, who has designed everything from houses to sofas and is the founder of the brand Red or Dead, treated the assembled guests and students to an inspiring talk as part of the event.

Highlights of the event included a range of interactive demonstrations by construction, engineering and motor vehicle students from the College. These included bricklaying and plastering techniques, carpentry, plumbing, decorative painting techniques, 3D printing and laser cutting. Visitors, including the Mayor of Slough, even had the chance to learn a new skill by having a go at plastering, bricklaying and tiling!

The impressive new facilities are part of East Berkshire College's £30million makeover of its Langley College in Station Road. The stunning new centre will mean students receive up-to-date training on the very latest technology and techniques, while addressing a skills shortage identified in the UK in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships, click here or call 01753 793000.

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