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Leeds College of Building opens new £17 million facility

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07 Aug 2015

Leeds College of Building’s new £17 million education-and-training facility in Leeds city centre has opened its doors to its first students.

The 8000 m2 building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard. Leeds College of Building provides a wide range of apprenticeship, including plumbing and electrical services. There are higher-level apprenticeships in construction and built environment (sustainability) and facilities management.

The project was managed by AECOM, whose Robert Hardy says, ‘This stunning new building will play an important role in the future of the UK’s construction sector, and it sets a benchmark for other education providers in the industry to aspire to. The region’s thriving construction industry will greatly benefit from having this superb facility on the doorstep.’

Mike Harris from architectural practice Fuse Studios, which designed the building, says, ‘This building is designed to inspire the future talent of the construction industry. Over half the floor space consists of state-of-the-art specialist workshops.

‘There is an impressive atrium entrance piazza, a stunning library area and a fantastic range of classrooms. All this creates a superb leering environment in a highly sustainable building that successfully prioritises all the modern building values of the 21st century.’