They're in!

The first few lessons have now taken place in the College's brand new Engineering and Design & Technology building; The Sonardyne Centre.

Students are enjoying having tours around the new workrooms and settling into their exciting new environment.

Principal Jane Machell was handed the keys to the centre before half term. She thanked the team for completing such a fantastic project on time and on budget and was looking forward to getting the department moved in.

Work initially began in 2008, but soon after the foundations were laid the Government terminated the Building Colleges for the Future Programme. Undeterred, the College set up a ‘Building Futures’ campaign to raise the £2.5m needed to restart the build. Alton based building contractor, Kitchin Ltd, completed the work on time and budget.

Focus now turns to raising the remaining £300k required to equip the centre to include CAD, CAM and 3D printing facilities.

On receiving the keys, Jane said: “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the team who have completed a fantastic project in a short timescale. Architect Mark Penfold (Macallan Penfold), Quantity Surveyor Mike O’Hanlon (MEA), Site Manager Les Davies (HA&DB Kitchin), the fundraising team and Engineering staff and students have pulled together incredibly well to make this happen.”

If you are interested in donating to the appeal for equipping the centre, please get in touch via buildingfutures@altoncollege.ac.uk. All donations will be recognised publically.

The Sonardyne Centre will be open to the public at our next Open Evening on Tuesday 26th November, 3.30-8pm.