Building Development Progress
In September, term began and we welcomed students to the new look Wellingborough campus for the start of the academic year 2020/21.
Over the Easter period, the next stage of the building works commences within the internal structure of the building. All internal walls have been reconfigured to create a much more open learning space for everyone offering light and welcoming social spacing.
In March 2020, the outside works to the central tower block were completed and the Tresham College signage was installed.
At this point of the redevelopment of the new campus, there has been significant improvement to a central building to the town that was in need of restoration and investment, giving it an extended life fit for purpose for a further 50 years and more. The Group has been able to recycle 150 tonnes of materials by reusing old building rubble as the foundations for the new car park and on other sites being developed by The Bedford College Group.
In November 2019, the new look for the Wellingborough campus began taking place with the first cladding panel being put in place by representatives from SEMELP, Wellingborough Borough Council and the Group’s Principal and Chief Executive, Ian Pryce. The fire-resistant, safety-first, covering enhances the external appearance of the old tower block, which together with other buildings, will accommodate up to 1,000 students and staff and provide high quality learning facilities and social spaces in the town centre campus.
Teaching began for more students in Wellingborough at the temporary base in Croyland Hall. Students from Business, Computing, Care and Childcare, Prince’s Trust and ESOL enrolled in August 2019 to start their course in September.
At the beginning of 2019, the £10 million upgrade to the campus in Wellingborough commenced. The full project will see the refurbishment of the main 5 storey central block to accommodate high quality learning environments alongside internal developments to provide state of the art motor vehicle workshops similar to those found in the industry.
The Group was successful and awarded £7.5million from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) in July 2018 through the Local Growth Fund skills capital investment programme. The Group committed the investment of an additional £2.5m from its own Capital Investment programme to enable the £10m project to go ahead.
In March 2018, The Bedford College Group was shortlisted alongside two other colleges with its project proposal for the redevelopment of the Wellingborough campus.
The Group’s proposal included plans to fully refurbish the existing 60s built Tresham College campus in Wellingborough which would offer the community across East Northamptonshire a much wider range of courses, qualifications and apprenticeships for school leavers to progress to and meet local employers’ training needs.
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