Groundbreaking at Bedford College

South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Board member, Tom Wells, has officially switched on work at Bedford College’s Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre.

Tom Wells, of the Charles Wells Bedford brewing family, took to the controls of a giant Continuous Flight Auger to drill piles for the foundations on the Cauldwell Street project. Joining him was Claire Cartwright, a former apprentice turned construction surveyor and now lecturer at the college.

This exciting project will house newer, lighter, analytical equipment, BIM Software and robotics. The Centre will allow students to move through to the higher engineering and degree level training, essential in today’s manufacturing and civil engineering markets.

SEMLEP awarded £2.5m towards this £5m project which will increase student numbers by an additional 300 full-time and part-time students, and 150 higher level apprentices each year – thus meeting some of the huge demand from employers for skilled Engineers.