Students at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) marked the start of the latest phase of the purpose-built campus construction project by signing a new steel structure and watching as concrete was poured.
Work by BAM Construct UK to create the new £12 million NSETC premises at the Junction 21 Enterprise Area is on schedule to be completed in July 2016 ready for the arrival of students in September 2016.
The company invited students to witness the start of the latest phase of construction, which involves the concrete being poured onto the ground level of the school building.
Students were able to speak to industry professionals and see real life examples of case studies that they have studied within their course.
The Level 3 Engineering and Civil Engineering students were joined by Karen Cornick, Principal of NSETC, Chris Lee, Deputy Principal, Dan Robinson, Assistant Principal, and Simon Hill, Senior Site Manager from BAM.
NSETC, part of the Weston College Group, is a specialist 14-19 free school with a sixth form described as a ‘new model of learning’. It opened in September 2014 and is presently located at the South West Skills Campus at Weston College.
Karen Cornick, NSETC Principal, said: “It’s really very exciting as for the first time we’ve been able to properly envisage what the school is going to look like and it’s the first time that we’ve had students in it.
“The visit also offered a great opportunity for the students to see the construction industry in action as well as have the chance to leave a legacy for the future by signing the steel.”
The new NSETC building, next to the Helicopter Museum, will house specialist facilities dedicated to the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Engineering and design technology workshops, a large lecture theatre and cafeteria will be on the ground floor, and the first floor will contain top-of-the-range IT suites, classrooms and seminar rooms, food technology, textiles and art workshops and an open-plan library.
The top floor will feature science laboratories and several ‘super labs’, which will run the length of the building.
A terraced area will allow students to conduct outdoor experiments safely, and there will be communal areas on each floor to provide work spaces for the students and for business workshops.
The next main building work planned is the roof steelwork and structural topping. Within the next couple of weeks the cladding will also start to be fitted onto the buildings and the mechanical and electrical teams will start work in the sports hall.
Emma Bull, BAM Education and Community Manager, said: “It is a great opportunity for the students to get real life construction experience, from undertaking the health and safety briefing to observing all of the different trades onsite.
“We hope the visit will inspire the students to undertake an exciting career in the construction industry.
“BAM are delighted to be able to build the new school for NSETC as well as help the staff and students of the school to utilise the construction site for research, work experience and as a platform to enable the next generation of engineers to take a route into the construction industry.”