William Birch has commenced construction work at Askham Bryan College
William Birch has commenced construction work at Askham Bryan College which will help support the region's reputation as an agri-tech powerhouse and the government's drive to turn agricultural innovation into commercial opportunities.
The initiative forms a major part of a £4.8m project which will see the creation of a new study centre for agriculture and engineering students at the heart of the College’s Westfield Farm on the York campus. It is anticipated that the building will be finished for September, ready for the start of the next academic year.
The initial building work has now begun on the Agri-Centre which, as well as lecture rooms and the engineering workshop, will house the offices of EBLEX and the AHDB (Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board) which are currently elsewhere on the campus.
The Centre adjoins Westfield Farm and so is ideally situated for practical work, particularly as the Dairy Unit which is literally on the doorstep.
Paul Goyea, Managing Director at William Birch said "we are delighted to be working with the College and the project team to create such an important education facility for the increasingly popular campus which is just on our doorstep. We have seen the College grow enormously over the last decade and this latest project is one that we are proud to be involved with"
Executive Principal Liz Philip said: “Askham Bryan College is renowned for the high standard of learning and practical skills it provides students, as evidenced by the growing number of young people who choose to study with us. This Centre provides a focus for both theory and practical learning, both of which are vital to equip the industry leaders and workers of tomorrow with the skills they need. We pride ourselves on nurturing work-ready students and this initiative provides the ideal environment for that to happen.
“The Centre is a significant investment by the College plus we have been supported by the York and North Yorkshire LEP. It is a real vote of confidence in the future of the agricultural industry.”