College project hits high note

Tapping Out ceremony at Wakefield College. Principle Sam Wright signs one of the support beams for the new college.'w8694a220

Tapping Out ceremony at Wakefield College. Principle Sam Wright signs one of the support beams for the new college.'w8694a220

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A MILESTONE in the building of the city’s new college campus has passed.

A topping out ceremony saw Wakefield College principal Sam Wright sign a beam to mark the highest point of the new Margaret Street campus being completed.

In ancient tradition, the ceremony banishes evil spirits to ensure the safety and success of the building and those working in it.

Building work is underway on the first part of a multi-phase redevelopment project that will see major investment across the city centre Campus.

Mrs Wright said: “Wakefield College is committed to improving education, skills and enterprise in the district and the new build will help us to inspire young people to develop themselves and their future careers.

“I want to see Wakefield College at the heart of the economic and social redevelopment of the district and this amazing new building will go a long way in helping us realise this ambition.

The college has been working with a professional team of experts from GB Building Solutions to spearhead the new project.

Phase one will see the existing B Block redeveloped to include a pedestrianised walk-through connecting Newstead Road to Bond Street.

New features include disabled parking, a safe drop-off point, cafe terrace, seating areas, cycle stands, and landscaping with trees and planted areas.

The project promises to transform the public view of the College from both Wood Street and Bond Street.

The new build is set for completion over the summer, with the first influx of students through the doors in September.

Mrs Wright added: “It will play a key role in raising the aspirations of young people in the district and help to raise skill levels.”