A new T-level Centre is being built at Cirencester College.

The college is one of 45 across the country pioneering the new two-year technical courses, which are equivalent to three A-levels.

It was recently successful in its bid for government funding to build a specialist centre for T-levels.

The building has been designed by local architects Roberts Limbrick and will be built by local building firm E G Carter. This is the same team who designed the college's new Digital Building which is nearing completion.

Principal Jim Grant said: "These two buildings will transform the college frontage and provide state of the art facilities for our students.

"The Digital Building will open in Spring 2022 and the T-level Building in the Autumn of 2022. Both will enhance our learning environment and add significant new resources and opportunities for our young people."

Ben Harries, the architect for the project, added: “Jim and his team have briefed us to create a set of spaces that are capable of accommodating a wide variety of activities, to support their teachers in developing new and innovative ways of delivering the curriculum."

The new building is split across three storeys and gathered around an 'exciting multi-functional atrium which combines social, study and presentation space'. Full-height curtain glazing will provide natural light and views across the new landscaped quad.

Thomas Jones, associate director at E G Carter & Co Ltd, said: "It is great to be part of a scheme to provide excellent facilities for the students and we are also pleased to be supporting the Construction T-levels students with experience on our site with our management team throughout the works.”

Dave Marks, Project Manager, added: “Ward Williams Associates are proud to be the college’s project manager and quantity surveyor for this exciting project. We look forward to working alongside the college and design team to provide this high quality new building to accommodate the needs of students undertaking ‘T-level’ courses.

"The building is designed to provide a blend of workshops, group and practical learning spaces as well as traditional classroom.”

By 2024 it is estimated that a third of the college’s students will be studying T-levels, in subjects such as accounting, engineering and education.

T-levels are designed by employers and include an industry placement of at least 45 days.