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Milestone reached in new school building

The final piece of structural work for the new North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) building has been completed.

The £12million building in Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area will open in September.

The school, for 14-19 year olds, is currently based at Weston College’s South West Skills Campus and it has a strong focus on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

BAM Construction Ltd has been in charge of the NSETC build and a topping out ceremony was held on Tuesday 23rd February to mark the final piece of the structure being put into place.

NSETC is part of the Inspirational Futures Trust which is sponsored by the Weston College Group.

At the ceremony Weston College Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Vice Principal Jacqui Ford, Senior Assistant Principals Linda Burlison and Andrea Greer and Facilities Manager Lynda Neate were joined by North Somerset Council’s Regeneration Manager Jenny Ford.

Dr Phillips confirmed the Weston College ethos of putting the learner first and academic excellence would be evidenced through the new institution.

He said: “Weston College is very proud to be the sponsors of Inspirational Futures Trust and the topping out ceremony at the new NSETC site confirmed the brilliant resources we will be bringing to Weston-super-Mare later this year.”

The building includes an all-weather sports pitch, canteen, lecture theatre, sports hall and technology and enterprise spaces, as well as a purpose-built science floor with super labs and an outdoor terrace for experiments.

BAM’s Project Manager Rob Shipp said: “The build has gone exceptionally well. The superstructure is complete and the building is watertight.

“We are currently concentrating on the internal partitions and the mechanical and electrical installations but will very soon be starting the final finishes.”

NSETC is targeting a skills shortage across the South West and combines excellent teaching with superb facilities and industry support and when the school will have capacity for 700 students.

North Somerset Council’s Chief Executive Mike Jackson said: “It is great to see the NSETC taking shape at the heart of the Junction 21 Enterprise Area.

“This investment is part of the increasing momentum behind Weston as a growing economic centre.

“The College will ensure we are producing a home grown workforce that is highly skilled and prepared for the needs of our expanding business and enterprise area.

“We look forward to seeing the students thrive in state-of-the-art facilities in an excellent location.”

Source: NSETC