Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) to Improve Education and Increase Business Opportunities in Bradford

Bradford College’s new state-of-the-art £10 million Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) is set for completion on the 8th of June. BAM Construction, the appointed contractor that led on the development of the new multi-million pound campus, will be handing over the keys of the development to Bradford College ready for a September opening.

Commissioned by the College and financed by the Skills Funding Agency, the three-story 3,600m2 technology building is built on the Alexandra car park, adjacent to the College’s main Great Horton Road Campus  and has the capacity for 650 students.

Commenting on the technology building, Ronan O’Beirne, Director of Learning, Development and Research said: “Bradford College, a major provider of education and a key player in the city’s economy, is moving forward with this exciting new Advanced Technology Centre. The Centre offers students opportunities to develop skills in advanced technologies such as Robotics and 3D Printing. It will also provide a key link and subsidised accommodation for established small businesses and start-ups.”

About one in four people in Bradford works in advanced technologies and the ATC will play an important role in the future prosperity of the region, meeting industry demands and developing skills in shortage areas. A unique aspect of the ATC is access to rapid prototyping facilities such as 3D imaging and 3D printing. Businesses and start-up/design businesses can work collaboratively alongside research experts in an exceptional environment in which innovative businesses can flourish.

Jonathan Conway, BAM Construction Senior Site Manager commented ‘BAM are delighted to be delivering this state-of-the-art building for Bradford College.  There have been a few challenges along the way however working collaboratively with the Design Team and Bradford College has helped us to deliver this project in 42 weeks.  We have now been on site for the last three years and are proud to have been involved in reshaping the Bradford College City Centre Campus.  It has also been a great opportunity to give something back to the local community.  Throughout the project we have used many local subcontractors and supported the students in their studies through site visits and offering work experience opportunities.’

The ATC aims to be a leading centre in providing high quality, cutting edge courses and will support skills and knowledge development across in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Applications are now open and high-achieving students and adults can choose new programmes of study available at Bradford College.

The ATC forms part of an Accommodation Strategy, designed to create one of the leading colleges in the UK, which has seen the College campus transformed to enhance the learning and teaching experience, with a number of new state-of-the-art buildings. These include the development of the Trinity Green Campus in 2008, The David Hockney Building in September 2014 and the new Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) in September 2015.

To find out more about the courses, facilities and business information at the ATC go to www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/atc

To get involved in this development or to find out more email atc@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Written on 28th May 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News