Exciting new redevelopment plans revealed
As a college we pride ourselves on the facilities we have. Most visitors to the campus find it difficult to believe it is ten years old. Both staff and students have taken a pride in the college buildings, which with the ongoing annual maintenance programme has ensured we have maintained the best possible environment. In this time of increased competition from other colleges and Sixth Form Centres, we want to ensure that our facilities are not only attractive to the students but also meet the changing needs of the local economy. For this reason we are embarking on a redevelopment plan that will run from now until the end of the summer.
Following months of consultation and planning, we would like to share the details of this exciting £5 million facilities investment plan.
While the college has continued to grow, in recent years increased student recruitment has meant that teaching space is under pressure. We have looked at how to maximise areas that are currently under-used or have more space than is needed to perform the function, particularly in line with changes in technology and our own processes.
The Manufacturing and Digital Industries are seen as important for both the Local Enterprise Partnership and Durham County Council, and it’s important that we invest in our facilities to match these regional growth priorities
In response to continued growth of the college’s higher education provision, the under-used lecture theatre will undergo a redevelopment, creating an exciting new learning and social space for our higher education students.
This is an exciting build project and the biggest redevelopment at the college since we moved into our new accommodation in 2005. There will be disruption, but we have done everything possible to minimise the effects on staff and most importantly, our students. We appreciate your patience throughout the redevelopment work.
Our lecture theatre will be transformed into an exciting new learning and social space for students studying on higher education and professional programmes.
The Advanced Manufacturing Centre will sit inside the college’s Technology block and will be used by all levels of students to respond to the regions need for skilled workers in this area.
Our new Creative & Digital Centre will be a bustling, creative hub with industry standard design and media facilities.
New spaces will provide increased IT resources for students to use, along with the same resources that have always been available in a redesigned space.
The gas and plumbing workshop provides huge opportunities for the college to engage with employers through our testing centre.
The refectory will be redecorated with the removal of the central curved wall splitting Costa and the servery to create a more open space.