Fraserburgh college campus to undergo £8m extension

North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh.
North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh.

North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh campus is set to receive a major £8m extension and refurbishment.

The work will be carried out at the college’s engineering/construction departments (welding, engineering, brickwork, joinery, painting & decorating and motor vehicle) as well as the introduction of science labs at its Fraserburgh base.

The project provides circa 2000m2 of new facilities at a cost of around £8 million.

Principal Rob Wallen said: “The existing accommodation for technology subjects was built in the 1970s and does not reflect the demands of today’s curriculum.

“By extending the current facilities we will not only increase accommodation, but create more flexible teaching spaces. It will also allow us to introduce additional study options including science – which is a first for this campus.”

The creation of additional capacity for engineering and construction training in Fraserburgh is further proof of the commitment the College has to the education and training needs of the people and industry of the North East.

The new regional college owns an excellent range of facilities and premises which have received substantial investment in recent years – for example, the substantial rebuild and extension of Banff and Buchan College, the refurbishment of the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead, the creation of the ASET International Oil and Gas Training Academy at Altens, the opening of new facilities for the creative industries at the college’s City Campus, the creation of a welding academy in Fraserburgh, the ambitious over-clad of the Aberdeen City Campus and a learning centre attached to the new Ellon Academy.

Ken Milroy, chair of the College’s Board of Management said: “The Board is committed to maintaining and improving the teaching facilities of the College.

“The new facilities at Fraserburgh is part of a strategic plan to develop an estate which provides state-of-the-art facilities and maximises the use of new and emerging technology.

“With planning permission granted, we want to offer our neighbours and the people of Fraserburgh an opportunity to see for themselves what we have planned for the building.

“There is a real community spirit in Fraserburgh and a real interest in the College and its future.

“As such we will be displaying the plans for the new extension in the Fraserburgh Campus foyer from today with an open invitation for anyone who is interested to come along.”

The design team will be available on Wednesday, May 27 from 2pm to 7.30pm to answer any questions relating to the build.

The next stage will be to appoint a contractor.

It is intended that construction will commence at the end of July and be completed in time for the start of the new term in August 2016.