You may, over the years, have followed our desire to build our brand-new training facility – it has, after all, been a mammoth project; one where two steps forward and three back appeared to become the norm at times!
We – like many of you – are continuing to face the challenges of an ageing estate, not forgetting its Grade 2 listing and its 200-acres of Gloucestershire countryside. However, this expansive estate is what makes our environment so appropriate for learning and we remain one of the few places where you can stay and train. This creates considerable benefits of networking, socialising with like-minded classmates and above all an opportunity to remove yourself from the distractions of the day to day, ready to learn new skills or refresh old ones.
So, after dealing with complex planning constraints, ecological set-backs, the coming and goings of a couple of developers we are delighted to say that we have reached our next milestone.
The completed building will be handed over to Eastwood Park in the autumn, and we are now all set for the healthcare ‘fit-out’. Such a complex fit-out cannot be underestimated - at the end of the day the centre is a mini hospital - yet structured so that it creates a highly practical learning environment for hospital engineering, estates and decontamination teams, as well as other FM providers.
So, we are getting there…
Thank you to those who continue to recognise the value of our training and for those equipment suppliers who have shown such patience – it’s now starting to get exciting - and for supporting us during this next and final phase of the build. At a time when we all battle with the impacts of COVID-19, it is good to have a such a positive focus that we are confident will bring benefits to many.
NB To those equipment suppliers who are interested in providing equipment for use and reference in our training please contact Richard Davies on 01454 262777.
Main building contractor: Construction Total Solutions Ltd