A new £ 2 million worth of technology and engineering campus has opened in Plymouth’s Marine Enterprise Zone – soon in the heart of the city’s free port.
City College Plymouth has 631 m² of new industrial space in the Epicenter of the South West Institute of Technology Subject area.
The facility will offer university-level courses that provide high quality and timely education to people who are already in the shipping and engineering industries and are pursuing careers in the industry.
The center has seven units in Phase 2 development of Oceansgate valued at £ 14.3m, on the former naval base land that is part of the The city’s free port, or “Freezone” as it is called, Project.
As of September 13, 2021, there will be around 95 students on site every day, but as they are mostly exempt, this means around 500 will use the facilities every week.
You will study the latest developments in the fields of autonomy, electrical engineering, civil engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.
The building includes classrooms equipped with the latest large-screen IT, as well as three workshops, including a technical resource center, a laboratory for composite materials, and milling and turning laboratories. The cutting edge equipment contained inside includes 3D printers.
The college invested around £ 2 million from the Department of Education to equip and equip the center. The resource is intended to be used by companies across the region to train employees in the latest technologies.
Lance Chatfield, Director of Technical Innovation at City College said, “We want this to be used 50 weeks a year and we want to work with employers to make this happen. The plan is to work with organizations to train the workforce. “
He added, “We listen to organizations and groups and institutions to see what they need.”
Rob Watson, director of the Marine Business Technology Center (MBTC), based in Plymouth, said, “It is very helpful to define what employers need in 2030.”
City College Plymouth is a key educational partner within the South West Institute of Technology, a partnership consisting of the University of Plymouth, Exeter University, Exeter College, Petroc, Truro and Penwith College, and Bridgewater and Taunton College.
The new facility is in the second phase of Oceansgate, which includes a new three-story office building and 15 light industrial units. Oceansgate is being built on the disused MoD site in South Yard, Devonport. It will become a £ 14.3 million Marine Enterprise Zone and part of the Free Haven, helping cement the city’s ambition as a maritime powerhouse.
The first phase of development was completed in April 2018 and is now a base for eight companies, including the new Marine Business Technology Center, as well as the international marine consultants MECAL and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The £ 7.6 million Phase 2 development was funded by Plymouth City Council and a grant of £ 2.25 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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The waterfront facilities will maximize their location, surrounded by major shipping companies and organizations, including the MBTC. Students will also be able to access specialized equipment used to design, test and develop state-of-the-art marine and autonomous products through the MBTC’s testing area, Smart Sound Plymouth.
In parallel to the development of the new building, new courses were developed as part of the South West Institute of Technology project. The college has worked closely with employers to identify the skills required and has used this to develop four Bachelor of Science degrees in shipbuilding, marine engineering, integrated technologies, and autonomous engineering. These programs will continue to shape the future workforce and enable students to continue their studies part-time beyond Levels 4 and 5.