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Golden bolt marks college high point

The development of our multi-million pound new college building has been marked with a topping out ceremony led by former Sunderland Echo editor Rob Lawson this week.

Sunderland College’s sports and visual performing arts academies, which are due to open next autumn, are based behind our college’s Bede Campus.  Mr Lawson, who is chair of the college’s board of governors, led the topping out ceremony, to officially mark the fixing of a golden bolt, in the highest part of the building’s steel work.

Mr Lawson said it was an honour to play a role in the ceremony, which marks the high point in a project that he believes will transform the college’s offer to young people in the city.

He said: “The college has a long and proud history of delivering the highest standard of education to young people and indeed adult learners from across Sunderland and beyond.

“The work underway at Bede Campus will only enhance the college’s offer, so it is an absolute honour to play a role in a ceremony that marks a significant step in not only the development of the new buildings, but in the college’s history.”

Work was started on the new facilities in April 2013.  The new complex, which students can now apply to study at for October 2014 starts, will feature 25,500 sq ft sports centre with a multi-use sports hall, sports science lab and fitness suite and a 50,000 sq ft visual and performing arts building to house new facilities for dance, drama, art & design, music, photography and media.

Karen Wade, director of facilities management, said that the buildings would bring an exciting new dimension to the college.

She said: “This really is a high-point in more ways than one.  Topping out is a significant stage in any building project, and a real reminder of how close we’re getting to work being completed.

“Bede Campus is perhaps our most well-established and high profile campus, and this work will ensure that it is even more of a flagship site for us.  We’re hugely excited to see it take shape over the coming months, and of course to welcoming students to study there at the start of the next academic year.”

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