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Renewable energy focus for college expansion

A college in the North-east has said it will expand its construction department because more people want to learn about environmentally friendly building techniques.

Green technology will dominate Gateshead College’s planned £7.5 million extension of its construction academy. Work on the 4,650 sq m extension will start this month and the new building is set to be opened in September.

The college will offer training in biomass and combined heat and power systems, solar power technology, rainwater and grey water harvesting, and heat pumps.

The extension is being sponsored by several local companies, such as glass processor Romag, which supplies solar panels.