Turf Cutting Ceremony

23rd July 2008 3:21pm - Return to press releases

The Turf Cutting Ceremony at the site of the new East Riding College development in Bridlington.

A turf-cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of construction work on East Riding College?s new ?17m Bridlington campus.

The structure, expected to open by September 2009, will be built on the grassed area at the College?s St Mary?s Walk site. The existing College buildings will stay open as usual during the construction process.
Contractor Wates has moved onto the site and has begun preliminary works to prepare for the main construction phase.

The turf-cutting ceremony brought together key figures from the College, its governing body, Wates and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which is helping to fund the development.

David Thacker, Chair of Governors said: ?After many months of detailed negotiations, planning and support-seeking, the exciting moment has arrived for the East Riding College to see the start of the rebuilding of our Bridlington site. What a difference it will make to the learning environment of our students and our staff.

?Once the new building and its excellent facilities and high standard of equipment is in place, there should be no impediments to the pursuit of success and achievement at the College.

?My fellow governors and I are delighted to congratulate Derek Branton and his staff for bringing about this first stage in the total redevelopment of East Riding College which we are convinced will ensure that the consistently improving progress and success currently being achieved by the College will continue over the years ahead.?

Principal Derek Branton said: ?This is an exciting moment for East Riding College and I?m delighted that, after months of planning, the real work is now starting.

?In a little over a year, we?ll be welcoming our first students to a modern campus which will create a state-of-the-art environment in which to learn.

?This investment is also evidence of our desire to be a part of the regeneration of Bridlington and to play a key role in the community.?

Ross Palmer, LSC partnership director for the East Riding, said: ?This is an exciting time for East Riding College, which is set to benefit hugely from new, modern and well-equipped buildings that will pave the way for the College to further improve and expand the learning and training opportunities on offer.

?We are confident that this investment will help to attract a greater number of both young and adult learners to the College, as well as making sure that the skills needs of employers are being met.

?The new buildings will be a real asset for Bridlington and the surrounding area, complementing the wider economic regeneration activity currently underway, and helping to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the region.?

Mark Strangeway, from Wates Construction, said ?Wates Construction are delighted to be involved in this flagship project which will provide a state of the art learning environment for young people and adults alike.

?We feel especially privileged to continue our role within the wider regeneration of the town following our recent completion of the redevelopment of the Spa Theatre. We look forward to working with staff and students at the College to meet their aspirations and deliver facilities which will equip learners for the challenges of the 21st century.?

The existing buildings will be taken down when the new ones are completed. A digital walk-through of the new campus, and an animated external fly-by, can be viewed by going to www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk and clicking on ?Redevelopment @ Bridlington?.