College given new dynamic look by former students

August 3, 2014 8:01 am

Vision West Notts

Former construction students at West Nottinghamshire College are putting their skills into practice on its multi-million pound redevelopment. That’s because contractors behind the latest phase of a major revamp of the college’s Derby Road campus in Mansfield have all studied there.

Nottingham building firm J Tomlinson Limited and its sub-contractor, Keyclad Limited, have spent the last 15 months re-cladding several buildings including the six-storey tower, a three-storey block, the learning resource centre and the higher education centre to rejuvenate the site’s visual appearance.

The company’s Managing Director of Projects, Martin Gallagher, studied on a range of courses at the college between 1985 and 1992. He was classmates with Andy Lee – contracts manager at Belper-based Keyclad – from 1989 to 1992 when the pair gained BTEC ONC and HNC qualifications in building studies, with Andy having previously studied the First Certificate in Construction at the college.

J Tomlinson’s Project Manager, Derek I’Anson, attended the college on block-release, and later on day-release, as an apprentice joiner between 1978 and 1984 when all construction courses were run from Derby Road. Meanwhile, the firm’s Site Manager, Craig Smallman, recently completed his NVQ Level 6 diploma in construction site management and civil engineering through the college, which he combined with his work commitments.

Principal and Chief Executive, Dame Asha Khemka, said: “It was great to learn of the team’s links with the college. Our entire ethos is about equipping people with the skills and training to carve out successful careers and Martin, Derek, Craig and Andy have certainly achieved that.

“Our new-look six-storey tower is looking particularly striking and serves as a truly iconic landmark on the gateway to Mansfield.”

Martin Gallagher said: “We are very pleased to be a part of the team working on this major redevelopment at West Nottinghamshire College. Having studied here myself, it’s a project close to my heart.

“This challenging project has effectively utilised all of our team’s skills and hopefully, as well as helping to develop an educational environment that positively influences and impacts on learning, our team may have also demonstrated to students that qualifications from the college will stand them in good stead in their future careers.”

Redevelopment of the campus is due for completion in September 2014 as part of the college’s £40 million investment in its building and facilities across Ashfield and Mansfield.

Find out more about Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s redevelopment on our Major Developments page.

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