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The Remsen Medical Sciences Building is closed following a fire Sunday morning in a seventh-floor laboratory.

Access to the adjoining Kellogg Hall and Vail Research building will resume for research and education functions on Monday. Vail is closed on Sunday while the situation is being assessed.

The fire was contained to the Remsen lab and set off the building’s sprinkler system in the vicinity of the fire. The Hanover Fire Department received an automated fire alarm call just after 7 a.m., and firefighters were on the scene moments later. No one was injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation by Hanover fire officials, who have remained on the scene. Dartmouth has also had a team on site all day, assessing damage to Remsen.

Remsen sustained fire and water damage in the lab, and substantial water damage throughout the rest of the structure, according to Hanover fire and Dartmouth officials. Kellogg and Vail were not damaged.

“We are grateful to Hanover firefighters for their quick response and their ability to keep the fire from spreading,” says Geisel School of Medicine Dean Duane Compton. “Remsen will be closed to permit timely cleanup and repairs. We can’t allow people back into the building until we can do so safely. We are assessing the damage, in concert with Hanover fire officials, and we are working to restore access as soon as possible.”

Remsen, an eight-story building located off College Street, sits between Anonymous and Kellogg halls. Remsen and Vail together cover 187,000 square feet and are among the largest facilities on campus. Remsen is a multifunctional building that supports education programs for Geisel medical students and research programs that involve students from the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies as well as Dartmouth undergraduates.

Compton’s office contacted faculty, staff, and students who use Remsen, sending an email in the morning alerting them that there had been a fire and Remsen was closed. Remsen contains laboratories, classrooms, offices, conference and study rooms, and other spaces. The lab where the fire occurred is used for circadian rhythms research.

Fire departments from Lebanon, Hartford, Norwich, Lyme, and Canaan assisted Hanover firefighters.


Exciting plans for a new school that will transform education for vulnerable learners in Powys have been unveiled, the county council has said.


Powys County Council is to build a new £9.1m school for Brynllywarch Hall School as part of its Transforming Education programme. The school, located in Kerry near Newtown, provides education for pupils from 8 to 19-year-olds, with a wide range of complex emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.

A pre-application consultation for the proposed development has started, which allows interested parties to comment on the plans before a planning application is submitted.

The pre-application consultation will close on Tuesday, 14 March, 2023.

The council and its construction partner ISG Construction will also be showcase the exciting plans at two drop-in events that will take place at the school on the following days:

  • Tuesday 28 February between 3.30pm and 7pm
  • Tuesday 7 March between 3.30pm and 7pm

The drop-in events will be open to the whole school community as well as members of the public.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said:


“The new building for Brynllywarch Hall School is a vital step to ensuring we deliver education in a safe and stimulating environment for all our pupils. This project will provide modern facilities for our pupils and teaching staff and help them to deliver an enjoyable and fulfilling education experience for everyone.

“These drop-in events provide a great opportunity for everyone in the school community and members of the public to view these exciting plans, which will transform education for vulnerable learners in Powys.”



To view the pre-application consultation documents online visit which also gives details on how you can make representations on the proposed plans.


Source: Powys

A new special school building which will cater for 100 students with social, emotional and mental health needs has moved a step closer after plans were lodged with the local council.

River Tees Academy Grangetown will take in youngsters aged between five and 19 years old from across the Tees Valley and employ about 70 teaching staff.

Source: Teeside Live

A Cornish construction and professional services consultancy facilitated £15 million worth of work in Cornish schools in 2022, on behalf of Cornwall Council.

The work, delivered by Mace Ward Williams Joint Venture (MWJV), is the result of one of Cornwall Council’s highest single year investment into school infrastructure on record.

The rolling programme aims to ensure all 39 local authority managed schools in the county are in the best possible condition.
Mark Stitson, Schools Maintenance Programme Manager at MWJV, said:


“It is great to be working with Cornwall Council on a significant body of work in such important settings.
“MWJV was created to simplify the procurement process. We have a large network of local suppliers offering a variety of construction services, such as project management, architecture, engineering and surveying. Working in this way ensures a significant proportion of Cornwall Council’s budget is spent on local SMEs.”

One of the beneficiaries of the Schools Maintenance Programme is the Humphry Davy School in Penzance.

In 2022 alone MWJV has facilitated a wide body of work and upgrades in the secondary school, including boiler replacements, electrical distribution board replacements, water system upgrades, roofing work, and more.

Theresa Grainger, business manager at Humphry Davy, said:


“Much of the work carried out in 2022 has helped bring the school in line with new compliance regulations, however the upgrade that will undoubtedly have the greatest impact is the new boiler and building management system.

“Aside from being much more efficient, the new system gives us greater control of how the buildings are heated. At a time when energy prices are so high, this is going to have a significant impact in 2023.”

The Schools Maintenance Programme is scheduled to continue throughout 2023, with further investment into local authority maintained schools.


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Construction to begin on multi-million pound state-of-the-art educational institute

Expansion work will start this month as part of Hartlepool’s £25million Town Deal

An engineering company is set to start work on an expansion as part of the moves to create a skills academy of the future.

Seymour Civil Engineering has received planning approval for further development of their Skills Academy in Hartlepool’s Brenda Road. It will expand its existing training facility, combining construction and civil engineering, to create a state-of-the-art educational institute.

The institute is a partnership between Seymour’s, Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Council. In 2021, it secured a share of the £25 million Town Deal fund in order to support the consolidation and growth of teaching and training at their two existing sites, the college’s Exeter Street Annex and Seymou’s Skills Academy in Brenda Road.

Initial Towns Deal research highlighted the need for economic transformation in Hartlepool, particularly within the provision of high-quality learning and skills productivity. The institute is receiving a combined £2.2m of external funding through the Town Deal, with £1.4m allocated to the Brenda Road site and the remainder allocated to the Exeter Street Campus.

The project aims to reduce the critical skills shortage in the construction sector by encouraging the uptake of formal qualifications, job opportunities and youth engagement.

Adam Harker, managing director at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “We are proud to play a leading role in the upskilling of our industry, providing multiple routes into civil engineering and construction. The current skills shortage represents one of the biggest challenges to our industry.

“This partnership with Hartlepool College and Hartlepool Council, and the significant investment into the skills institute is going to bring a fantastic opportunity not only to the local community who will benefit from future career prospects, but also the wider industry as it helps to overcome these challenges.”

According to the Construction Industry Training Board, between 2023 and 2027 the North East requires an extra 7,900 workers in this sector. Construction at Brenda Road is due to begin this month and includes new modular classrooms and training facilities such as a telehandler tower and temporary timber framed bungalow.

Darren Hankey, principal at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “We are committed on delivering a centre of excellence for practical civil engineering and construction training. It is widely acknowledged that there is a critical skills shortage in the construction sector. The academy hopes to tackle this by promoting lifelong learning to meet the ever changing demands of this industry.”

Cllr Shane Moore, leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “So much hard work has gone into developing this important Town Deal project, so I’m delighted for all concerned that planning approval has been received. Providing residents, particularly our young people, with the skills they need to develop successful careers in this key sector is vital for the future of the town and its economy.”


The five Town Deal transformation projects include renovation of the former Wesley Chapel, connectivity waterfront improvements, reimagining of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and the development of educational institutes in health and social care and civil engineering.


Source: Teeside Live