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GMI Construction Group will convert a historic building into a sustainable construction skills center for University College Birmingham in the city’s Jewelery Quarter conservation area.

The work will see James Cond’s art deco print works converted into an educational facility in time for use by the September 2023 admission of students.

The center is expected to offer courses in modular construction, retrofit construction and green technologies with instruction including sustainable building methods and renewable energy.

Construction students already in college will be able to gain “live” experience working with GMI on the construction of the center, where work is due to begin in October.

GMI Construction Manager Gareth Jones said: “Improving the sustainability of the construction industry is a priority for us, so it is a pleasure to work on a project that will provide training in this area and equip the future workforce with the skills they need to make a positive change for the industry.

Professor Michael Harkin, vice-chancellor of the college, said: “There is a great need for new talent in the field of sustainable construction, with hundreds of thousands of new workers expected to be needed in the coming years.

The value of the conversion work has not been disclosed.

The Leeds-based company was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Under £500m category at the Construction News Awards 2022 and said it had a pipeline of projects worth £570m, with projected revenue of £395m for 2022-23.