We’ve invested heavily in our motor vehicle and engineering department with brand new, state-of-the-art workshops and classrooms. Working in these facilities and with our team of expert lecturers you will gain real industry experience giving you a jump start in your career or onto higher-level study.
Our brand new Engineering Centre features:
• Three workshops
• Dedicated welding and fabrication workshop
• Viewing gallery
• Large multi-purpose classrooms
• Apprentice training room
• Duel-control car
• Fleet of go-karts
• Rally car
• Fully equipped tool kit cages
• 5 cars in each workshop
• Landover and Discovery for off-road projects
• Ramps for lifting vehicles
• Diagnostic testing kits
• Tyre fitting and balancing equipment
• Wheel alignment kits
An 18,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank has been buried under the yard to the rear of the new building. Water collected from the roof will be used to flush toilets within the building and provide water for vehicle washing outside.
In an average year the system will capture 150,000 litres of rainwater, potentially saving around 4,500 litres of fresh water per week during term time from toilet flushing alone.
100m2 of PV panels have been installed on the South facing slope of the workshop roof, to convert sunlight into electricity. The 15kW(p) system is expected to produce around 15,300kWh of electricity per year, with any surplus energy exported for use around the College.
The system is expected to reduce the building’s carbon emissions by 8.1 tonnes per year, and save the College approximately £3,800.
Three wind catchers installed on the roof of the classroom block will provide fresh air to the classroom and office spaces through natural ventilation, without using fans or air conditioning.
Combined with the high levels of insulation in the building, and the efficient under-floor heating, the building is expected to produce 65% less CO2 than current Building Regulations targets.