Port officials tour revamped college

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As progress with Banff and Buchan College’s 2012 redevelopment continues, the facility was visited by George MacRae and John Murison from Fraserburgh Harbour.

Project sponsor Duncan Abernethy said George and John were pleased to have the opportunity to see the redevelopment in progress.

The college already has excellent links with local business and industry and as well as offering the latest facilities for staff and students, the new campus is being designed and constructed to help support local businesses in the future.

Mr Abernethy said: “The harbour will be pivotal in the economic development of the town and we will continue to work closely with the Harbour Board and staff to maximise opportunities that arise.”

The redeveloped campus is starting to take shape with the steel structure now in place and the concrete being poured to form the different floor levels. Work is also currently underway on a new high insulation roof, and recladding and glazing the building will shortly commence. Once these stages are complete the building can be declared weatherproof and watertight and internal works will begin.

This initial development stage, which consists of the creation of a new central atrium, reception, library and offices, is due to be completed and handed back to the college by August this year.

This new area will bring major benefits to students and staff, It boasts a 200 seat refectory and a large open area where the college will be able to hold events such as the college graduation, and industry engagement presentations in years to come.

Above it will be a mezzanine deck offering comfortable social space and a coffee lounge for students and staff as well as the Student Association Office. There is going to be a custom built employability area, where students can learn and hone their practical and personal skills in readiness for starting work. Following completion of the new atrium the following four months will be spent refurbishing almost 40 classrooms to modern learning specifications.

For anyone wishing to monitor the ongoing progress of the work, a live webcam has been set up onsite to enable people to watch every stage of the progress.

To view, log onto http://212.219.198.35. You can also view the progress by joining Banff and Buchan College on Facebook, simply visit www.facebook.com/banffandbuchan and click ‘like’.