What an amazing reception at the Broadwater Campus with a genuine Scottish Piper (Engineering Cadet Clarke - no relation) on hand to pipe us all in. The guided tours by Tony Dumbell and John Matthews were very interesting and entertaining and we all witnessed how our old College is moving ahead with the times - going from strength to strength. The extensive refurbishments and re-modelling of the building were virtually complete when we arrived and on passing-by in February 2013 I noted that the contractors had vacated the site. The new dark-grey colour of the buildings is very effective and purposeful.
The new Engine Room/Control Room Simulator was something to see and hear (yes! it even had true engine and mechanical noises) and Tony Dumbell offered to put an oily rag in the air-con outlet to add the true nasal ambience of a ship's engine room.