A £3.3million refurbishment and upgrade project is underway at South Tyneside College, including its world-famous South Shields Marine School.
The work, funded by the college with a sizeable contribution from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, is being carried out by contractor Surgo Construction on behalf of the college.
We are enhancing facilities in some key departments so our students can enjoy an even better learning experience.Dr Lindsey Whiterod, South Tyneside College
It will strip out and reinstall services across four workshops and refurbish and remodel the space for 20 classrooms, predominantly for engineering, IT, specialist facilities for staff development and disabled learning, as well as staff rooms, to bring the building up to date.
As part of the project, with separate funding, the college is also buying new high-voltage training equipment to boost its marine courses and additional equipment for its new advanced manufacturing workshop.
These improvements will enhance facilities, further increase the college’s international reputation for the excellence of its marine school and boost its stature and appeal as a high-quality place to study.
Surgo director Jeff Alexander said: “Having successfully delivered previous phases of work, we have an established relationship with South Tyneside College and are delighted to have been selected to undertake this latest project.
“The work will be carried out sequentially to ensure that two workshops remain in use and the rest of the building is ready for students returning at the start of the new academic year.”
Dr Lindsey Whiterod, chief executive of South Tyneside College, which has 11,000 full and part-time students, said: “We are enhancing facilities in some key departments so our students can enjoy an even better learning experience.
“The college has been highly successful in the past five years in attracting outside funding of around £6million for important capital improvements which, along with college reserves, has enabled more than £15million of improvements to be made to the college estate.
“These have brought real benefits to our learners and staff.
“Surgo is an important partner and its high-quality work and operations mean this latest phase of our development is in safe and very capable hands.
“We are greatly looking forward to seeing our students using and benefiting from these improved facilities.”