Topping Out Ceremony at Carshalton College

Carshalton College is undergoing a large construction project to consolidate its construction, engineering and motor vehicle curriculum areas into a single central location. The College was thrilled to host a Topping Out Ceremony along with Construction firms, Mitchellson and Longcross, to celebrate the next stage of their new Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) Centre.

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The new build comes with the desire to bring the department areas together and to modernise the buildings using state of the art sustainable technologies. The new centre will improve the quality and environment of the delivery of the construction and motor vehicle curriculum.

Tom Brake said, “This is yet another fantastic development for the College and their students, providing new workshops, classrooms and state of the art renewable technology – a real gem.”

Janet Smith Head of College stated “Our goal is to achieve a positive, inspiring and sustainable environment for our students to learn in, using high quality, industry standard technology. This will be a fantastic facility for students, staff and employers alike”.

The tradition of “Topping out” originates from Scandinavia. It is a toast to celebrate the completion of the steel frame and it is a custom for a person with a close connection or prominence with the building to place the final shovelful of concrete into the frame and that honour went to Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington. He has had a great vantage point from his constituency office across the road and has kept a keen eye on the build. He has a particular interest in the green technologies that have been used in the construction process and that will be taught in the new TEC Centre.

Students were very much at the heart of the mornings celebrations, Tom Brake MP was keen to hear about how Carshalton College’s Apprentices were getting on and what they thought of the new building.

Daniel Crook from the local firm KNK said that he found “being an Apprentice very rewarding and was happy that he was able to earn a wage whilst learning a trade. I feel very supported by the College and my employer and I am looking forward to my future as a skilled tradesman.”

Philip Soloman of KNK stated that “I am proud to be part of a company that has a long history of investing in its local community” and commented that “it is wonderful to have such a state of the art centre for our Apprentices, the new Centre will provide great opportunities for so many learners the College has laid foundations for a prosperous future for the area for many years to come.”

Catering students at the College treated the guests to an amazing celebratory cake in the image of what the new Centre will look like on completion. The delicious work of art took three and a half days to construct and just 30 minutes to eat.

Visit www.carshalton.ac.uk  for more information.

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