New look Langley College takes shape

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Work is now well underway on the £16 million improvements to East Berkshire College's Langley Campus in Station Road, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities to meet the community's current and future learning needs. And last week, bricklaying students were given a unique opportunity to see the progress of the building work first-hand.

The twelve students, who are all studying a bricklaying level two or three course at the College, were given a tour of the construction site by Principal Contractor, Kier Construction. Kitted out in protective clothing, the students were able see the building techniques being employed and learn about Health & Safety procedures on site.

Third year student Harry Bolton (22, from Iver), who is a bricklaying apprentice looking to advance on to a Construction Foundation Degree, was keen to see the progress of the works:

"It was great to see the work for ourselves as we have been following the plans week by week from the window. The site is a lot bigger than others I've been on and there's lots of different work going on at once. Kier took us through an induction and talked us through the drainage and block work their bricklayers are doing. I'm looking forward to seeing how much the site has changed on our next visit." Keir tour_0522_web_710px

The improvements at the Langley Campus are providing a valuable learning opportunity for construction students. As part of the project, Kier is committed to arranging regular student tours to give them an insight into a real working site.

The steel frameworks for the new multi-purpose Sports Centre have now been erected and the centre is on schedule to open in May 2013. The facility will not only meet the needs of the College's successful Sports Academy, but also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities.

Once the Sports Centre is completed, work will begin on transforming the former sports hall into an exciting new Hospitality & Catering Academy. Due for completion in August 2013, this will feature professional training kitchens, a working restaurant and simulated hotel environment.

The Langley Campus building has been at the heart of the community since 1976 and currently serves over 2,400 students from the Langley and Slough area. After over 35 years, the plan to upgrade the campus has received very positive feedback from students, staff, neighbours and local businesses.

The improvement project for the Langley Campus will cost approximately £16m and is being funded mainly by the College, and part funded by a Government grant.

Over the years, the College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. Today, the Langley Campus is the centre for most of the College's main vocational courses, which all have specialist facilities. These include Motor Vehicle & Engineering, Construction, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy and Health Care & Education Pathways along with Creative Studies and ESOL & Languages.

The refurbishment of the Langley Campus follows the recent expansion of the College's Windsor Campus, which saw the addition of new science laboratories and improved student social facilities.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including hospitality and catering, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

For more information on the improvements to the College's Langley Campus and how it will look once the work is complete, click here.

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