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Stepnell Completes Refurb Work On Engineering And Technology Centre

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Construction partner Stepnell has completed work on a £3 million refurbishment at an engineering and technology centre at Leicester College.

Officially re-opened by the deputy mayor of Leicester City Council, the facility on the Abbey Park Campus in the city’s centre will enable the college to provide industry standard technical training to students and employers across the region.

Funded by Leicester College and the Department for Education (DfE), which provided more than £1 million for the project with its T Level capital grant, the project was delivered by Stepnell in close collaboration with Moss Architecture.

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The project involved the complete redesign of the facility’s internal space, including the installation of engineering laboratories and workshops to develop skills in robotics, programmable logic controllers, electronic circuits, electrical systems, mechanical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The facility also includes a range of mills, lathes, grinders, rigs, testing equipment and simulators.

Tom Sewell, regional director at Stepnell, said: "This is the third project we have undertaken for Leicester College with Moss Architecture. We have a key focus to continue developing lasting public sector client relations.

"We are thrilled to see the engineering and technology centre welcome students again. Our construction team worked closely with the college to understand the needs of aspiring engineers and to create the ideal facility to nurture their talent."

A new mechanical engineering workshop was also constructed to accommodate industry-standard standard lathes and milling machines. A specialist hand skills development and projects area, welding booths and a state-of-the-art grinding room have also been integrated to enhance student’s hands-on learning experience.

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