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Meg welcomes multi-million pound investment for Sheffield College

Monday, March 31, 2008

Heeley MP Meg Munn today welcomed the 36million investment that Sheffield College gains as part of a 2 billion pound national strategy to develop new low carbon colleges, marking a radical new approach to the delivery of public buildings.


Meg said:


“This is great news for Sheffield College. It provides so many great opportunities to people in the city, and builds on the investment already happening at the Castle College site.


The new investment fulfils three requirements in one go: excellent facilities for local people, local jobs with great training opportunities and a greener environment. The benefits are not just for this year or next, thousands of people in my constituency and across Sheffield will benefit.”


Building Colleges for the Future, launched by the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills, outlines proposals for the largest ever further education building works programme, which will see 2.3 billion invested over the next three years.


It will provide every community with state of the art further education facilities, and over 150 colleges throughout England are set to benefit.  The strategy will ensure that all new facilities are environmentally sustainable and zero carbon by 2016, two years ahead of the Government’s target for public sector buildings.


In addition, for the first time ever, companies will be contractually obliged to invest in the skills and training needs of the local area, thereby ensuring that local people will benefit from new work opportunities.


All projects bidding for FE capital funding will need to environmentally efficient, they must:


         Achieve an ‘excellent’ rating under the Building Research  Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), a voluntary code of best practice for sustainable building;


         Meet part L of building regulations which stipulate the minimum energy efficiency requirements of all new buildings; 


         Make the use of renewable energy wind and solar power for heating and lighting.


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