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Development will help students access £1 billion industry

A £700,000 development which will aim to help students access a £1billion a year industry has begun with a ceremonial sod-cutting.

A building firm from Gloucester is the lead contractor on the job and one of its directors, no less, was on hand for the photo shoots to mark the occasion.

When complete the development will deliver a new Animal Centre for Cirencester Sixth Form College, including a specialist climate-controlled reptile room, a dedicated mammal room and extra teaching space.

It will be surrounded by outdoor facilities where students will be able to work with some of our small mammals.

Jim Grant, principal, said: "The animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UK economy, building our new Animal Centre is an exciting project for Cirencester College.

"The centre is going to provide students with the most up to date industry-standard facilities. This is a fantastic opportunity for our animal care and management students to advance their knowledge and skills to progress on to a successful career in the sector."

Past Animal Management students have progressed into exciting careers such as zoo keeping, veterinary nursing, rescue centre staff and animal welfare officers.

Matt Donaldson, director of Town and City Builders, headquartered in Hempsted, said: "We are delighted to be working with Cirencester College on this thrilling new expansion of the college's animal management facilities."

The new 240 square metre centre which is due to open in September 2019.

According to the college the new addition has been "designed to be sympathetic with the Cotswold landscape including the specially sourced larch cladding" which will cover the building.

The centre will also be self-sufficient, with the energy for the building being generated by solar panels on the roof.

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