Sheffield MP officially opens college’s Olive Grove Campus

(L-R) Heather Smith, The Sheffield College principal, Louise Haigh, Sheffield Heeley MP, and Paul Corcoran, The Sheffield College chief executive.

Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh has officially opened a new £6.8 million Sheffield College building that will train the next generation of engineering and manufacturing talent.

Employers attended the opening of The Sheffield College’s Olive Grove campus, Olive Grove Road, on Friday November 27. Guests discussed the region’s skills needs and the College’s contribution to supporting the local economy during a business breakfast and tour of the new facilities.

Ms Haigh said: “’The Sheffield College’s investment in this facility is both desperately needed and very welcome in Sheffield – a city with a proud history of manufacturing and engineering and well placed to serve the industries of the future.

“It is also testament to the vital place for further and adult education both in providing vocational education to an exceptionally high standard and in upskilling our workforce. This investment is particularly well timed to service a known skills gap in the sector, and it is a great honour to host it in my constituency.”

Paul Corcoran, chief executive, The Sheffield College, added: “The Sheffield College is investing in the latest high tech industry standard facilities that will train young people in the skills they need to get jobs and go on to university level courses, and which will support employers and boost regional growth.”

The new campus comprises a teaching block with the latest cutting edge technical classrooms, and workshops and solar panels on the roof.  The four-storey building, which adds more than 2,600 square metres of new space, is annexed to part of the former campus. It is marked by a striking steel sail design and a contemporary atrium which contains a partially glazed flexible pod, to provide a communal break-out area for students.

Around £450,000 of new equipment for electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, motor vehicle, plumbing, heating and ventilation, and sustainable construction has been installed which has enabled the scheme to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

The campus is one of two new buildings that have opened to Sheffield College students this term. An £8.8 million new Centre for Creative Industries at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, Livesey Street, was officially launched last month.

The upgrade to the College’s accommodation reflects a longer term plan to ensure that all students train in the latest high quality industry standard facilities to boost their skills.

Both new build projects have received a total of £10 million capital funding from the Skills Funding Agency – money specifically ring-fenced for building projects – approved in October 2013. The facilities have been built by Clugston Construction and designed by Race Cottam Architects.