New £8 million Fraserburgh Campus extension officially opened
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
The new STEM Centre at North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh Campus was officially opened by Sir Ian Wood GBE on Wednesday 1st February 2017.
The 2,300m2 extension not only increases accommodation for engineering, automotive and construction, but offers more flexible teaching spaces and has allowed the College to introduce additional study options including science – which is a first for the Fraserburgh Campus.
Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of private sector economic development body Opportunity North East, said: “North East Scotland College and its Fraserburgh Campus will play a vital role in maintaining a strong and diversified regional economy in the decades ahead, by ensuring our young people, are aware of the career opportunities in the region and by working with industry to provide education and training linked to those. STEM now accounts for one in four new jobs created in Scotland, and 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technology skills. The STEM centre will be very important for the development of our future workforce and enhancing the growth of our key industry sectors.”
Ken Milroy, Chair of the College’s Regional Board said, “The Fraserburgh campus has undergone a transformation since the remodelling of the building in 2012. However the existing accommodation for technology subjects was built in the 1970s and did not reflect the demands of today’s curriculum. The new extension now completes the Fraserburgh Campus and allows us to provide state-of-the-art facilities and maximise the use of new and emerging technology.”
Building work on the two-storey, steel framed extension commenced in July 2015 and was completed in time for the start of the 2016/17 session. Robertson Northern, who were appointed main contractor, were responsible for delivering the build on time for the start of the new session and within budget.
Frank Reid, regional managing director for Robertson Northern, said: “This exciting new space is perfect to help inspire future generations into careers in construction, engineering, science and automotive engineering and we’re delighted to have played a part in bringing this to reality.
“As well as providing a useful and motivational area for students, we built the facility to achieve high environmental performance standards, which means it is energy efficient, uses environmentally sound materials and is designed to promote health and wellbeing for all users.”
The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre includes the following:
The engineering facility has been extended to provide two additional workshop bays, a heat treatment area, a hydraulics classroom, and a meteorology and dimension control facility. There is also a new technician’s base and goods inwards area and a number of student PPE and wash facilities. This follows on from its recent refurbishment completed in the summer of 2014.
The construction area consists of three general joinery workshops, joinery site workshop, and machine workshop. Workshops are served by a fully automated LEV (Local Extract Ventilation) and clean-up system to remove construction waste.
Storage and technician bases have also been installed. There is a new large brick workshop, and a dedicated painting and decoration workshop on the first floor with eight custom teaching booths. A new electrical workshop has been provided on a renovated part of the first floor, again with eight dedicated booths for teaching electrical activities. Three CAD/General purpose rooms and a technical drawing room have also been provided on the first floor of the new build.
A new automotive workshop has been created in a renovated area of the existing facility which once housed the brick workshop/electrical and painting decorating departments. The workshop features three, two-post car lifts, a four post lift and brake tester, tyre changing area and a dedicated rig and diagnostic room.
The two science labs have been introduced as a new facility to the Fraserburgh campus and its curriculum. The building provides a physics and general science laboratory with custom designed benches with integrated power, water and gas services. Extract fume cupboards have also been installed for undertaking experiments. There is also a new technician base.
As part of the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the building provides a number of Bat Boxes as colonies were detected nearby as part of an ecological assessment!