The £2.1 million CoRE project created a skills and learning facility with a visitor hub, and is part of a unique group of “living” demonstration buildings on the 6,000 sqm site. CoRE is a unique national education centre hosting courses and tutorials to upskill trades people in areas such as photovoltaic (solar) panels, ground source heat pumps, new insulation techniques and many more innovative solutions to fit the UK with greener homes. This represents a major challenge, and opportunity, to the UK construction industry. 20.2 million UK homes have been identified as in need of sustainable refurbishment and retrofitting – an industry estimated to be worth £3.5 - £6.5 billion a year.
The project was dealt with in four phases; Shaylor Group being responsible for Phase 2 works which involved the re-building of the main hub with internal refurbishment. The new building serves as a training centre and as a showcase for up to the minute building solutions. With funding from the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the first phase of this unique development began on site on 7 February 2011 and completed in December 2011. The grand opening took place on 14th December 2011with the Centre being officially opened by Andrew Stunell MP.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, commented: “The education building at CoRE provides a first class facility for training in refurbishment skills. The project is firmly putting our city on the map as the national and international focus for technological advances in the industry. I hope Stoke-on-Trent residents and businesses take advantage of the expert facilities and training here on their doorstep.”