Innovation at the heart of education

The new Innovation, Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (iMET) building in Alconbury Weald has celebrated its topping out milestone, as it sets its sights on opening in September 2018.

BSD is delivering the mechanical and electrical requirements for the new 3,000 sq ft, two-storey educational facility, which is entirely compliant with BIM Level Two. Once complete, iMET aims to help plug the manufacturing, engineering and technology industries skills gap, by creating this regional centre of excellence that provides advance training for these traditional vocations.

David White, managing director at BSD, said: “We’re proud to be part of a project that challenges the status-quo of how education is delivered. This is more than just a building; it’s an opportunity to support businesses and their employees, whilst creating economic growth in this area. As Cambridge continues to grow at such a rapid pace, it’s important not to forget to lay the foundations of education to sustain this.”

The £10.5 million project is funded by growth funds through the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, and is supported by Cambridge County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Urban & Civic plc.

© Photograph courtesy of Bond Bryan Architects