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Salmond opens Aberdeen College construction training facility

March 1 2011

Salmond opens Aberdeen College construction training facility
A £15m facility construction training facility for Aberdeen College has been officially unveiled by First Minister, Alex Salmond.

Designed by Archial the facility allows co-location of the college’s construction trade and engineering departments within a single building for the first time, including workshops, classrooms for joinery, brickwork, painting & decorating and plumbing.

The building, which now acts as a focus for the College’s Altens campus, will also house a library, learning resource centre, fitness suite and café.

Archial associate Ricky Connell said: “The basis of the college layout is to reform the urban streetscape to Minto Avenue and Minto Drive respecting the topography of the site. The redevelopment of the site, whilst integrating with the longer term masterplan, aims to enable all future stages and development goals to be achieved. It also creates significantly improved access/egress from the site, allowing for more efficient parking and open spaces within the campus itself.

“The communal area is conceived as a linear strip or ‘street’, which links all the parts of the college, as well as providing a buffer to the car parking. The street provides a series of high quality landscaped spaces for casual social interaction, vital to the life of any educational campus.”

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