Marathon effort for college’s exciting new era

Published: September 19, 2018

Telford College’s estates team has covered more than 6,000 miles this summer in a massive logistical operation to get the new-look campus ready for the start of the academic year.

The college will be operating from one campus for the first time, starting next week – which has meant a building of new facilities, a huge relocation of equipment, and the creation of sophisticated new IT systems.

“The estates team have been working flat-out throughout the summer to expand and adapt facilities at our new-look Haybridge campus,” said Graham Guest, principal and chief executive for Telford College.

“They have covered approximately 6,000 miles transporting equipment from the old King Street site – that’s the equivalent distance of driving from here to Japan.”

The project has included:

  • Transforming W block into a dedicated 7th Form centre for A level students
  • Doubling the college’s construction centre to meet the local demand for new jobs and skills
  • Creating and equipping a brand new studio-quality music suite
  • Creating and equipping two new science labs
  • Laying 4,000 square metres of flooring – equivalent to around 20 tennis courts
  • Moving over 1,000 packing crates, and 900 chairs
  • Installing 15km of IT cabling across the Haybridge campus
  • Building 5,500 square metres of plasterboard – the size of a large football pitch

The college’s King Street campus closed at the end of the last academic year with A level students and staff from the site moving over to Haybridge campus.

All A level and vocational students are now based at the Haybridge campus, which has seen significant investment in new equipment and facilities.

In addition to the new music suite, the Telford College construction centre has been extended, and a brand new virtual and augmented reality suite is under construction as part of a trailblazing £750,000 investment with support from the LEP.

Graham Guest, the college’s principal and chief executive, said: “We owe a big debt of thanks to all the estates team for all of their hard work during the summer. They have done a fabulous job.

“By moving onto one campus we’re able to invest more into students and their teaching including our pioneering 7th Form centre and virtual and augmented reality suite.”