A £4m upgrade of the Poole campus of The Bournemouth and Poole College has been given the green light by The Borough of Poole.
The scheme will see a dramatic external 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.
The project will involve a slick re-cladding of the exterior of the main building in North Road to a high standard and the restructure of the Learning Resource Centre and student learning areas which will be equipped with the latest stylish facilities. Funding for the project comes from two sources.
Last December the College was successful, through a competitive bidding process, in receiving a capital renewal grant of £1.4 million from the Government’s Skills Funding Agency. Bournemouth and Poole College was one of fifty Further Education establishments to win such an award. The balance of the cost of the project will come from the College’s own resources.
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 planning approval is another fantastic boost for the college, and is part of a £10m plus investment in The Bournemouth & Poole College’s infrastructure.
2010/11 saw the opening of the North Light Art and Design Centre followed by the creation of ‘e labs’, which improves students’ opportunities of finding a job.
This was followed by the launch of the new Sound and Music studios on the site of the old art department at North Road, and last summer by the opening of the Marine Technology Centre, supported by Sunseeker International. The Marine Centre quickly attracted some of the best teachers from the marine sector to train students as potential boat builders.
Ken Roberts, Executive Director of Resources added: “The £4m investment will provide a fresh modern new face and enables us to continue to deliver state-of-the-art learning facilities for our students.”
In February the College opens the doors to its eagerly anticipated £1m science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) unit with its emphasis on engineering for renewable technologies.