Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM – Is this the Best New Building in Plymouth?

23 October 2017 | College News

City College Plymouth’s Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM has been shortlisted for an Abercrombie Award in the Best New Building category.

Every three years Plymouth City Council hosts the Abercrombie Awards to celebrate the role of architects, designers and building companies in shaping the City. The awards, named after the architect responsible for the plan to rebuild Plymouth after the Blitz, encompass a wide range of work from small conversions and projects to transform open spaces to multi-million pound housing or business projects.

The Best New Building Award, sponsored by Design Review Panel, sees City College up against the Genesis Building, 1 Research Way at Plymouth Science Park and the Marine Station at Plymouth University.

The College’s £13million state-of-the-art facility, funded by the Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) and the Regional Growth Fund, has seen more than 200 employers involved in shaping its development. The Centre provides a flexible learning environment that simulates ‘real work’ scenarios with industry-standard workshops, laboratories and studios. It is equipped with high-tech resources to support a broader and more relevant STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum.

Phil Davies, City College’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Everyone associated with the new build, particularly our students and staff, is extremely proud of our Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM. I am absolutely delighted that the building is being recognised as a significant addition to the City’s architectural landscape. Our vision for the Centre is that it will address both current and future skills shortages, focusing on the City’s priority sectors relating to STEM. At City College everything we do is focused on bridging the gap between education and employment. We know that this has the power to transform peoples’ lives and impact positively on our City’s prosperity; creating a new generation of ambitious and enterprising individuals. The new Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM has facilitated the further embedding of enterprise, employability and science, technology, engineering and maths into much of what we do.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 3 November when the winners will be announced from the eight categories, with three additional awards: People of Plymouth Award, Judges Special Award and the Abercrombie Award.

To see all of the nominees and cast your vote go to

The public will be able to tour the Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM on Saturday 4 November, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at the College’s Open. To register your attendance or to find out more visit or call 01752 305300.

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