The Genesis Project is the most exciting development in the Further Education sector today.
It demonstrates that traditional construction materials and methods can work in harmony with innovative modern materials and techniques to create resource efficient, climate proofed contemporary buildings. It further demonstrates the integration of 'natural' materials into mainstream new-build projects and the integration of energy efficiency measures into traditional buildings.
Genesis sited at Somerset College in Taunton, is a £2.5 million educational resource funded by the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and the Learning and Skills Council.
The Division of Construction at Somerset College is one of the Government's Centres of Vocational Excellence (COVE), and the only one in the country which has received the award with 'sustainability' in its title.
A unique feature of the Genesis Project is the Genesis Centre itself. This is an award winning sustainable building used for the development and delivery of many of the learning programmes offered through the project. The Genesis Project is self funding and offers bespoke educational programmes delivered either in the Genesis Centre or in house throughout the year.
The Genesis Centre serves as a facility which helps people across the South West to access information on sustainable construction and which gives the opportunity to see high quality buildings which have been constructed using sustainable methods.
Our key audiences are primary and secondary schools, further and higher education students and Colleges and professionals from the construction industry as well as individuals involved in restoration and self build.
”Genesis will be an important centre of education for sustainable development in the UK and help make the South West a leading region for sustainable construction” Jonathon Porritt Chair UK SD Commission
“Genesis will serve the Western region and indeed the whole country as an educational resource centre for sustainable building technologies, both modern and traditional.” Kevin McCloud Genesis Patron
“It’s for the region but it’s of national significance” Sir Michael Lickiss Chair of Visit Britain