It’s a family affair at college building site

Kevin and Emma Hibbert worked on the same building site in Ilkeston - 38 years apart.

Kevin and Emma Hibbert worked on the same building site in Ilkeston - 38 years apart.

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When Kevin Hibbert helped to build Ilkeston Magistrates Court little did he suspect that in 38 years’ time his daughter would knock it down.

But, following in her dad’s footsteps, Emma Hibbert is part of the team which recently demolished the court in New Lawn Road to make way for Derby College’s new campus.

Back in 1975, 17-year-old Kevin helped put up the iconic building as an apprentice bricklayer. He went on to work for Bowmer and Kirkland, the firm currently leading the college project, retiring in 2010.

Emma, 29, said: “It’s really strange to be working on a project where we have knocked down something that my dad built.

“I’m glad that I eventually followed him into construction as every day is different and it’s a very fulfilling career. I know he is proud of my achievements.”

Emma joined Bowmer and Kirkland 12 years ago as a secretary in the health and safety department. The company sponsored her to go to Derby University where she studied to become a quantity surveyor.

Derby College is investing £10m in the new campus which will is set to open in January 2014, following the closure of the existing Field Road site in December this year.

Construction courses will be among many on offer at the new campus as well as engineering and hair and beauty.