Plans to transform an unused courtyard into a student performance and exhibition space have been submitted by Peterborough Regional College in what would be an £800,000 development.
The college, in Park Crescent, wants to construct a new building which can be used to exhibit students’ work, as well as providing space for arts performances.
The development, which has been submitted to Peterborough City Council’s planning department, would create just under 300 sqm of floor space.
The new space will also link in with the college’s involvement in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, with students who create works encouraged to exhibit them and sell them to their peers to promote Enterprise.
Sarah Cooke, marketing manager at the college, said: “This is a part of our ongoing estate development to provide our students with the best possible teachinf and learning experience.
“We are doing it as well to prepare for the growth in participation age for young people, which the Government is increasing to 17 next year meaning they will have to stay in education, training or an apprenticeship for an extra year.”
The building itself would be a single-storey with a “V” formed roof, which will be three metres in height at the centre and 4.5 metres at each end.
The college wants to get rid of the existing courtyard, which makes it difficult for students to move through the college as it has to either be circumnavigated via the corridors, or pupils have to risk the elements as they cross it outside.
Consultation on the plans will end on November 14.