New £11m state-of-the-art facility for Bournemouth and Poole college given the green light (From Bournemouth Echo)
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New £11m state-of-the-art facility for Bournemouth and Poole college given the green light
AN £11 million facility for Bournemouth and Poole College has been given the initial go-ahead, the Daily Echo can reveal.
The college said that the new building, to be sited at its Poole campus in North Road, had been given the green light by the Government’s Skills Funding Agency.
It added that the scheme “will see a further modernisation of both buildings and internal student facilities at the North Road campus of the college, significantly improving the experience of students who study at the college”.
Work is expected to begin as early as April 2014, but is subject to planning consent being approved by Borough of Poole.
Lawrence Vincent, principal of The Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “This significant investment in our North Road campus demonstrates again our commitment to improving the learning experience for all our students.”
The project will involve the demolition of 1960s wooden huts and portable buildings, which will then be replaced by a state-of-the-art three storey building, the college said.
It also said that the funding approval “is another fantastic boost for The Bournemouth & Poole College, and is part of a £22m plus investment in the college’s infrastructure”.
Ken Roberts, executive director of resources, added: “The £11m investment will provide a fresh modern new face and enables us to continue to deliver state-of-the-art learning facilities for our students.”
Cllr Janet Walton, cabinet portfolio holder for children, families and youth at Borough of Poole, said: “We continue to support the investment in the North Road Campus to provide a modern facility which will improve the learning and overall experience of students attending the college. We welcome the opportunity to review the planning application.”
The plans are the latest stage of the college’s overhaul at North Road – in January this year it opened its Marine Technology Centre in partnership with Sunseeker.
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