Plans revealed for Construction Skills Centre in Nottingham

How the new Skills Centre would look

Plans have been revealed to build a new Construction Skills Centre in Nottingham.

Nottingham College is behind the scheme, which it wants to build at 664 Nuthall Road just outside the city centre, on its Basford Campus, to meet the demand for construction trades training – especially in post-16 learners.

The 16,000 sq ft building would include a construction trades workshop, three classrooms and smaller workshop space.

The college says that the new Skills Centre would train around 60 learners at any one time.

Nottinham College says there has been high demand for construction courses over recent years, placing pressure of its existing construction skills workshops on the Basford Campus. External marquees have been used, but these uninsulated spaces lack facilities for teaching theory as well as changing rooms and toilets.

The building is being designed by Bond Bryan.

Carl Ara is Basford’s head of centre and will oversee the construction skills centre.

He said: “Basford has a long track record for excellence in construction training and skills development and this new centre will ensure that we as a college are equipped to meet the growing demand for these skills within our local and regional economy.

“Young people enrolling with us will not only receive first-class training across all the traditional construction trades, they will also be able to access specialist green skills training as well as higher level technical training to ensure that they can access the growing range of jobs and careers in this important sector.

“This significant investment which is supporting our continued growth in this area will be music to the ears of our employers who rely on us to develop and train their current and future workforce.”

Nottingham College has ten sites in and around Nottingham, including a city hub which was opened in 2021.