Principal Jim Grant of Cirencester Sixth Form College has marked the official start of construction for the new £.7 million Animal Centre.
The cutting of the first sod ceremony was also attended by representatives from the Animal Management course, Kim Monahan, Course Leader for Animal Management, Daisy the Animal Management dog and Matt Donaldson, Director of Town and City Builders.
The new 240m2 centre which is due to open in September 2019, will be fitted out with a specialist climate controlled Reptile Room, a dedicated Mammal Room and extra teaching space. The building is surrounded by its own outdoor facilities where students will work with some of our small mammals.
The building has been designed to be sympathetic with the Cotswold landscape including the specially sourced larch cladding covering the building. The Centre will also be self-sufficient, with the energy for the building being generated by solar panels on the roof.
Principal, Jim Grant said, “The animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UK economy, building our new Animal Centre is an exciting project for Cirencester College. The centre is going to provide students with the most up to date industry-standard facilities. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Animal Care and Management students to advance their knowledge and skills to progress on to a successful career in the sector.”
Past Animal Management students have progressed into exciting careers such as Zoo Keeping, Veterinary Nursing, Rescue Centre staff and Animal Welfare Officers.
Matt Donaldson, Director of Town and City Builders said, ‘we are delighted to be working with Cirencester College on this thrilling new expansion of the College’s Animal Management facilities.”