Brighton to get new construction training centre
City College Brighton & Hove has called up Osborne to build its new £9m Construction & Trades Centre at the City College East Campus.
The centre will enable students in the different trades to work together and follow each other through the construction process, mirroring real site conditions. Sussex Architects HNW have designed the centre, Osborne will be building it and the works will be project-managed by Sussex consultancy NorthGates. Demolition of old structures on the site starts in November and construction work will begin in January 2016. The centre is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.
Construction is a booming sector in Brighton & Hove with major projects including Royal Sussex Hospital (£500m), Brighton Marina (£250m), Circus Street (£100m) and Brighton i360 (£46m). In the South East region generally, construction sector growth over the next five years is estimated to deliver over 2,500 new jobs a year, according to the industry’s most reputable forecast from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The annual Construction Skills Network (CSN) report suggests the region could see growth of 2.5% over the period 2015-2019, and 2,590 new jobs each year. There is also a housing and construction skills shortage across the UK. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling for at least 200,000 homes a year to be built by 2020, with the proportion of members struggling to recruit bricklayers up from 27% to 42% in a year and the figures for carpenters and joiners nearly doubling with 23% of firms reporting recruitment issues.* Figures from the Federation of Master Builders January 2015