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Work begins on former Russell and Dorrell site

Worcester Editorial 1st Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORK has begun on a £1.6million project to transform a former city furniture store into a thriving new college campus.

The scheme will see the former Russell and Dorrell furniture store undergo extensive refurbishment to create a new learning quarter for students at Worcester College of Technology.

The college’s contractor Speller Metcalfe will carry out the work on the 175-year-old building and the project is expected to be completed ahead of the start of the 2014/15 academic year.

Once finished it will feature a hair and beauty training centre, a commercial salon and IT rooms as well as a fashion, art & design multi-media suite.

Vice principal Nicki Williams, said: “The college is extremely proud to restore such an iconic building in the heart of Worcester.

“The project will combine modern facilities while recognising and maintaining the history of the building and its surrounding area.

As we reported earlier this year, Speller Metcalfe would also provide a number of opportunities for students to be involved in the construction of the site, which will include bricklaying, electrical and plumbing.

Steve Speller, managing director at Speller Metcalfe, added: “As a company, like many others, we look for professionals with solid experience and up-to-date skills.

“These new facilities will be able to offer students just that – the chance to gain practical, real-life experience and qualifications while creating a more employable workforce.”

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