Weston College's multi-million pound 'state-of-the-art' building

PUBLISHED: 13:30 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:57 31 August 2016

Weston College Academy.

Weston College Academy.

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Weston College's new £12milion academy building, which will house the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), has been completed.

The new campus is located at Weston’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area – which is the former airfield site – and will house more than 700 students.

The NSETC is a specialist science, technology, engineering and maths college for students aged 14-19 which provides a number of courses, including GCSEs, A-levels and BTECs.

The new three-storey campus includes ‘super-labs’ and an outdoor terrace where students can conduct experiments. There will also be a number of technology and enterprise work spaces, an all-weather sports pitch, a canteen, a library and a lecture theatre.

Dr Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of Weston College said: “Weston College Academy will offer a cutting-edge educational experience for many students across the Weston College Group from September. It is fantastic to see this state-of-the-art facility has been completed to schedule.

“This campus is the first of its kind to be built within an enterprise zone and we are very much looking forward to seeing it officially open in September, ready to prepare some of the brightest young people in the South West for 21st century working.”

Bristol-based construction company BAM undertook the project and workers are now just applying finishing touches ahead of the new intake of students in September.

Project manager Rob Shipp said: “We’ve had many technical challenges to create these ultra-modern learning facilities, but we have overcome them, together with the blustery wind here, and I’m sure that teachers and students will be pleased with their exciting new home.”

The college plans to unveil the new facilities imminently and new students will be encouraged to wear smart clothes in industry hours to prepare them for the world of work.

Nigel Ashton, leader of North Somerset Council said: “It’s particularly pleasing to see these education and community facilities coming forward to support this new development.

“It will make a real difference to the residents to have their children attend a local school and to have access to the various community facilities.”

The NSETC college was funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and sponsored by the Weston College group. But the development has also been paid for through city deal funding for the final decoration and specialist equipment which was secured by North Somerset Council.

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