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coombes everitt designed AccXel construction school opens

December 20, 2021

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A multi-million pound state-of-the-art centre of construction industry training excellence was officially opened this month – with its first apprentices due through the doors at the start of the New Year.


The AccXel Construction Skills Accelerator Centre, designed by coombes everitt architects, is located at Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.

The centre is co-founded by local company KW Bell, and with support and funding from a range of partners including Forest of Dean District Council and the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP), as well as a government ‘Getting building’ grant.

The facilities include ultra-modern teaching and research space, a 100-seat lecture theatre for presentations and events, a mock construction site, and simulators for safety training, as well as a café.

The first 80 successful apprentices have already been promised work, getting the centre off to a great start.

The UK construction industry continues to experience a serious skills shortage,” said Toby Coombes, coombes everitt director, who attended the opening ceremony on December 9th. “It’s therefore been a real privilege to be part of this important project which will provide a foundation for inspiring, training and connecting construction workers.

As a Cheltenham-based practice, we’re delighted to see such a facility located in the same county – let’s hope it will be the first of many around the whole of the UK.”