Construction work starts on the UK’s first new technical college for a generation

Work to build the UK’s first purpose-built comprehensive technical college for a generation was launched this week. London South Bank Technical College will open to students in 2022/23 and will train the next generation of engineers and scientists from its site in Nine Elms.

The first phase of building work will deliver a 10-storey building for students to study technology, construction, engineering,  and science in hi-tech classrooms and workshops. This first building will open in 2022/23 and other blocks will open in the following years enabling specialisms in health science and business.

The new London South Bank Technical College has been joint funded by a £21 million grant from the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Capital Fund, through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP). The building work at the site is being led by GRAHAM, a leading UK construction, facilities management & investment company.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “When I was re-elected I promised to make jobs, jobs, jobs a top priority for my second term as Mayor, as we do everything we can to help the capital recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s fantastic news that the first new technical college in the UK will be built right here in London – and I look forward to seeing students gain the skills they need to access good jobs in the future.”

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan, said: “As we recover from the pandemic it’s even more important than ever that young people can learn the skills they need to get really good jobs.

“London South Bank Technical College will be the first new purpose-built technical college for a generation and will give students access to the hi-tech facilities they need to launch great careers in in demand industries including engineering and science.”