THE new building at Bournemouth and Poole College will ‘change education at the college for decades to come’.

Planning permission for the major development at the college’s Bournemouth town centre Lansdowne campus was recently approved by BCP Council officers.

As reported, the college applied for planning permission to demolish ‘temporary and poor condition’ buildings, replacing them with a new ‘high-quality building and campus park’.

The proposals were met with positive responses from residents at a public exhibition in January.

The council planning officer said the new building will be ‘fit for purpose in the modern era’.

College principal, Phil Sayles, said the college community was ‘thrilled’ to have the plans for the new building approved.

“The new building will provide a learning environment for advanced digital and creative skills, a new training restaurant and professional kitchens for our nationally renowned hospitality training, training salons, a gym and independent learning spaces,” Mr Sayles said.

“Preparatory work will accelerate immediately, while careful work will ensure the learning of current students is not disrupted.

“We’d like to thank all the building and planning professionals, and colleagues in college, who have got us to this point. We will keep everyone updated on project progress via our social media channels.”