Bradford College and Bond Bryan Architects Launch Exciting New Partnership
Today saw the official launch of a brand new ‘Academy’, based out of our Trinity Green campus, in partnership with reputable Sheffield-based architects Bond Bryan.
The ‘Bond Bryan Academy’ will see the company’s team of highly-skilled professionals serve as guest lecturers, adding key industry knowledge and perspective to Bradford College students’ learning. Bond Bryan will also host workshops, site visits and mentorship programs for students from across various courses in our Construction & Engineering Department, immersing them in the day-to-day operations of a successful architectural firm.
As part of the partnership, a specially designed Bond Bryan base room has been designed and built at Trinity Green. As well as serving as a purpose-built classroom to support T Level students, architects will use the facility to oversee new estate projects.
Speaking at today’s launch event, CEO Matt Hutton said: “Our ethos is ‘more than design’ which, for us, is about doing something with our clients and communities beyond just the boundary of the projects we’re working on.
“This [partnership with Bradford College] is a perfect example of how to reach students and create pathways for them into vocational courses, hopefully within this brilliant industry. It’s all about trying to show them that there are opportunities out there beyond what they’ve even considered.“
“It’s not necessarily about our company but more about the pathways and opportunities we can provide across the sector. We have success stories in the office of people that we’ve worked with before at colleges who are now doing really good things for us. We [Bond Bryan] genuinely want to give something back and as an organisation I want to ensure we are doing things which will make a difference, rather than just box ticking.”
This morning’s launch event saw Matt visit College to deliver an insightful talk for staff and students all about the partnership. This included sections about his route into architecture, our relationship to date, how students will benefit and the outlook look going forward.
Stephen Smith, our Head of Department for Construction & Engineering, said: “We’re thrilled with the exciting new partnership with Bond Bryan. This collaboration will provide valuable opportunities for students to gain real-world experience and insight into the architecture and construction industries.
“Through the partnership, Bradford College students will develop the practical skills and network needed to excel in their future careers. We are confident this relationship, with such a respected industry leader, will greatly enrich our T-Level in Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction. Our students are eager to learn from Bond Bryan’s experts and we look forward to seeing the fruits of this effort. We are also proud to deepen our commitment to preparing work-ready graduates through partnerships with respected companies like Bond Bryan.”
Asa Gordon, Curriculum Vice Principal, added: “Partnerships with employers like Bond Bryan are fundamental to the College delivering our mission of working together to transform lives. Giving our students the opportunity to meet with Matt, and understand the career opportunities available to them following studying with the College, is essential for meeting future skills needs.
“Bradford College students will benefit from the expertise of a number of industry experts, as well as gaining access to work experience through this partnership, supporting them in their journey as the future workforce needed in the Construction industry.”
Bradford College and Bond Bryan go way back having collaborated over various successful projects previously, including the design and construction of both the David Hockney Building and Advanced Technology Centre.
Bradford College offers an extensive range of courses in the Construction and Engineering industry for school leavers right through to degree-level and advanced professionals.
To find out more about the T Level with significant contribution from our Bond Bryan relationship, please visit: https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/courses/t-level-in-design-surveying-planning-for-construction/
Published: 19th October 2023
by Bradford College
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