Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Environmental technology centre handed over

In what will be an education and training first for the South East, East Kent College is a major step closer to opening its new Centre for Environmental Technologies.

The college can now move into the £6.5 million building after Morgan Sindall completed the construction programme and handed it over to Deputy Principal Anne Leese at a ceremony.

Having welcomed its first students in November, the centre will offer skills and training courses in renewable technologies, engineering and construction. It will also provide students with the skills to launch a successful career in this growing industry. East Kent College is also working with leading local employers to ensure the environmental technology training provided at the centre meets the skills needs of local businesses to enable them to grow.
The centre will contain all the latest equipment for students of plumbing, carpentry and joinery, electronic and mechanical engineering, as well as sustainable building techniques, solar panel installation and renewable energy. Alongside its large open-plan workshops, are exposed electrical and mechanical systems, enabling students to view them working and fully understand how a building is designed and constructed.

The building incorporates roof-mounted photovoltaic cells for electrical power, solar thermal panels to heat water, rainwater harvesting to flush its toilets and equipment to measure both energy generated and used. Thanks to its low carbon footprint, the centre is on track to be awarded a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

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