Develop officially unveils its York training centre and fully to-scale artificial street

   25 May 2023         News

We are thrilled to announce that Develop has reopened its York training centre to great excitement! The centre has undergone an impressive £500k full refurbishment, setting the stage for a new chapter of training excellence.

To complement the refurbished facility, Develop has also constructed a £500k state-of-the-art, fully to-scale, artificial street called Training Terrace, named via a recent public competition. This purpose-built street stands adjacent to the training centre, offering a realistic and fully to-scale environment for our training programmes.

Grand-Opening at Develop’s York-based training centre

The opening event took place on 24th May at the Huby-based centre and involved a day of celebrations marked by an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests were also given tours of the centre’s newly refurbished facilities and Training Terrace.

Training Terrace looks and appears as a regular street would, consisting of houses, apartments, and a café, but each area has been specifically designed for training purposes. This allows Develop to deliver courses in emergency response to gas incidents, as well as excavation safety, cable avoidance, street lighting, drains, sewer jetting and confined spaces entry.

The centre has had several updates to include two fixed-learning classrooms, a hybrid centre catering for alternative energies, two HV workshops and an LV workshop. These workshops will offer a number of Develop’s courses, including those relevant to confined spaces, gas distribution, health and safety, healthcare estates and water systems.

Significantly improving training opportunities for the utilities industry

Northern Gas Networks worked alongside Develop, and have been instrumental in the development of the JETSET (Training Terrace). Paul Tate, Lead Emergency Trainer, Northern Gas Networks, attended the event and spoke on the panel. Paul said “The facilities including the new JETSET will significantly improve the training opportunities for the whole team at Northern Gas Networks and provide real life scenarios. It’s been a long-term project and it’s fantastic to see it come to life and now be used to enhance the training and development opportunities for not just Northern Gas but for the sector as whole”.

Enhanced training delivery in North Yorkshire & beyond

John Kerr, Managing Director at Develop, said: “This new state of the art facility will give us a fantastic base to deliver essential and enhanced training to businesses in North Yorkshire and beyond. We’re thrilled to unveil a centre that will work in tandem with Training Terrace, as this new street provides an innovative facility that we’re proud to operate from.”

“It was great to welcome attendees to join us for the celebrations and explore the new facilities. We now look forward to welcoming delegates from across the region to join us and experience the unrivalled training that we provide.”

Impressive financial investment

Malcolm Taylor, North Yorkshire Council Divisional Councillor for Huby, said: “It’s fantastic to see this new investment being made in the Huby area, and I believe this centre will be invaluable for training businesses and delegates in the region. The unique facilities that Training Terrace is able to offer will be an exciting, unique addition to the landscape of industry available here, and I look forward to seeing the new wave of professionals being produced in our area.”

Raising the bar for industry training

We are proud to offer this enhanced training experience at our York centre and adjacent Training Terrace. With these exceptional facilities, Develop remains dedicated to providing top-quality compliance, technical, and safety training to our valued clients. We will continue to raise the bar in the industries we work with and empower individuals with the skills they need to succeed.

To view the full range of courses available at our York training centre, download our Centre Capability Sheet.

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