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Bridgwater college principal: facilities will be built back to ‘world classs standard’ after fire

MOTORSPORT at Bridgwater college will return as strong as ever following this week’s devastating blaze, principal Andy Berry has promised.

The fire destroyed two workshops at the campus in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving many students fearing for their career prospects.

But Mr Berry said: “Rest assured, we will rebuild the facilities back to a world class standard.

“In the meantime, we will do our utmost to minimise the impact on our students. We have a number of automotive workshops across our campuses and the motorsport course will start as planned in September.

“Please click on the links to view our MotorsportMotorcycle and Automotive courses and apprenticeships.”

Mr Berry added: “This year has certainly been challenging and the fire has added to this challenge.

“The motorsport team are devastated, this team has a UK wide reputation for building and tuning the most amazing racing cars. It’s with great pride that they race, and win, at some of the greatest circuits in the UK.

“This experience supports our students to go onto some fantastic destinations from Formula 1 to rally teams and into advanced engineering roles in the motorsport supply chain.”

Mr Berry also gave thanks for all the support the college has received.

He added: “I have been bowled over by the love and support shown from our community and cannot thank you enough.

“If you feel you are able to help with things such as temporary kit and workshop space to support our students please email raceteam@btc.ac.uk 

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson following the fire.

And they are now appealing for witnesses and any dashcam or CCTV footage which could help their investigation.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: “A man was arrested on suspicion of arson in the early hours of Friday, February 19 and remains in police custody at the time of writing.

“Enquiries continue and anyone with information which could help is asked to call 101 quoting reference 5221035404.”



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