NEW images have been released showing how Peterborough's multi-million pound replacement regional college will be an imposing structure designed for a new era in education.
NEW images have been released showing how Peterborough's multi-million pound replacement regional college will be an imposing structure designed for a new era in education.The artist's impressions of the college, which will be the focal point of the city's eduation quarter, were unveiled as it was announced that the 110 million construction project will get underway in less than a year.
Peterborough Regional College is one step closer with its plans to build a new 110 million college building on the Park Crescent campus that will provide state-of-the-art education and training facilities.
Peterborough City Council's planning committee gave outline planning permission last month for the re-development of the current site.
After months liaising with external bodies, including the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which has supported the proposals for the ambitious project, new artist's impressions have now been drawn up for the development, which will provide a centre of education and skills training facilities for school-leavers, the local community and businesses.
The building will be located on the same campus as the new university centre and close to the Thomas Deacon Academy, creating what is thought to be the largest educational quarter in the East of England.
The new college will provide a modern, cutting-edge environment for up to 20,000 students per year, packed with the latest industry-standard equipment and resources.
New facilities will include construction and engineering workshops, hair salons and complementary therapy spa, a new restaurant, theatre and performance studios, media centre with recording and photography studios, sports and fitness studios and the latest IT technology infrastructure.
There will also be social areas and gardens.
At a planning meeting in September, councillors voted to allow the demolition of the current 55-year-old buildings on the site to make way for the new development.
Principal of Peterborough Regional College Don Lawson said: "This investment in the college's infrastructure will support the future development of Peterborough by providing the very best training facilities needed for a skilled local workforce."
The project is being funded by the sale of part of the college's land, which will be used for a 75-home development and from funding from the LSC.
Work on the first phase of the college development is expected to get underway in October next year. The project is due for completion in 2012.