College unveils £6.5m technology centre

Official opening of MK College's Innovation and Technology Centre by Wing Commander Andy Green, pilot of the Thrust and Bloodhound SSC and Land Speed Record Holder.'Engineering department's Carmelo Catalanotto with a paperweight milled on one of their computer controlled lathes.
Official opening of MK College's Innovation and Technology Centre by Wing Commander Andy Green, pilot of the Thrust and Bloodhound SSC and Land Speed Record Holder.'Engineering department's Carmelo Catalanotto with a paperweight milled on one of their computer controlled lathes.

A FULL size replica of a space-age rocket car, which aims to beat the world land speed record, was on show at the official opening of a new £6.5m Innovation and Technology Centre at Milton Keynes College.

Guest of honour was current world land speed record holder Wing Commander Andy Green, driver of the unique BLOODHOUND SSC (Super Sonic Car), which is being built to travel at more than 1,000 mph.

Official opening of MK College's Innovation and Technology Centre by Wing Commander Andy Green, pilot of the Thrust and Bloodhound SSC and Land Speed Record Holder.'The Bloodhound SSC.

Official opening of MK College's Innovation and Technology Centre by Wing Commander Andy Green, pilot of the Thrust and Bloodhound SSC and Land Speed Record Holder.'The Bloodhound SSC.

He was at the VIP launch of the new centre on Wednesday where he spoke to guests and dignitaries about the production of the rocket and jet-powered vehicle and his planned new record breaking attempt in 2013.

The impressive Innovation and Technology Centre has recently opened on the College’s Chaffron Way Campus following significant investment in state-of-the-art equipment and excellent facilities.

It will enable the teaching of advanced design, prototyping, manufacturing and inspection, automation and control, renewable energy and hydraulics, alongside existing classes in engineering and construction.

Dr Julie Mills, principal and chief executive of Milton Keynes College, said: “It is our aim that the centre will be the focal point of engineering delivery in Milton Keynes and meet the needs of the city’s engineering, manufacturing and construction employers.

“We are delighted the BLOODHOUND Project is helping us celebrate this landmark moment as the project and our new Centre are a perfect fit, with both aiming to increase the popularity of engineering and technology in education.”

Wing Commander Andy Green said: “It is a real honour to be invited to open this new facility at Milton Keynes. There is a global need for innovation and technology, which this new centre is going to help to deliver.

“The need to inspire the next generation with the wonders of technology is at the very heart of the BLOODHOUND Project, so I’m delighted that we have been invited to support this initiative, along with our partners Protocol National who have helped to get us involved.”

The opening ceremony was bookended by two days of launch events, where visitors were able to take a guided tour of the new facility, see exhibits showcasing the talent of the college’s students, and view the Super Sonic Car.

School pupils were also invited to take part in workshop sessions where they got to make and race balloon cars, and get in the driving seat to experience the BLOODHOUND Driving Experience simulator.