Local college set for refurbishment

The college, which provides vocationally specific training, is set for a cash boost.
The college, which provides vocationally specific training, is set for a cash boost.

North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh Campus is undertaking a major refurbishment and extension of its facilities at a projected cost of £8.2million.

The project will see the renovation of facilities in the engineering, motor vehicle and construction departments and will also establish new amenities to allow science courses to be offered on the campus.

As an initial phase, over the next few weeks, the existing mechanical engineering workshops are being refurbished and extended. In addition to increased space, the new workshop area will be fitted out with new engineering equipment, including computer numerical control (CNC) machines and training stations, purchased with a grant from the Oil and Gas Academy of Scotland (OGAS).

Refurbishment of the welding workshops will increase welding bays from 28 to 32 and will create a dedicated fabrication workshop facility, thereby enabling the College to respond to increasing demand for qualifications in this area.

In later phases, which will be completed over the next two years, a new building will be erected to provide specialist facilities for construction, electrical installation and science courses.

Bill Rattray, Head of School Engineering, Science and Technologies at NESCol said: “It is important that students across all campuses of the College experience a high quality learning environment . New machinery and improved layout in our Fraserburgh campus will enhance the learning experience further and inspire students to succeed on their courses.”

Phil Wilson, Faculty Manager for Engineering Technologies at NESCol added: “The extended and enhanced provision afforded by this redevelopment will help to support the growing demand for engineering training in the North East of Scotland.”

There will be no disruption to students through term time.