Wellingborough campus coming soon!
Preparations have begun for the demolition work to commence at our Wellingborough site for a brand new £12.4m campus which will be fit for 21st century skills training in Church Street.
In July 2016 Tresham secured £11.4m funding for the project from the Northamptonshire Growth Fund supported by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and Northamptonshire County Council. The project has been supported by Wellingborough Borough Council and by using the college’s own resources the new campus will now begin to be built in the heart of the town.
When complete, the new campus will provide learning opportunities for up to 600 young people and adults in the town, offering subjects such as motor vehicle technology, manufacturing and electrical engineering, creative media and games design, product design, forensic and medical science, and a maths centre to meet the skills gap identified in the north of Northamptonshire.
The new campus has been designed by Bond Bryan to accommodate the specialist vocational provision across the 3600m2 site. In February 2014 Tresham received planning permission for the new building and now the college has secured the funding for the project it is expected that the campus will open to students for the 2017/18 academic year now that builders, Wilmott Dixon, have moved on site.
Tresham has already carried out extensive preparation work within the existing buildings to enable demolition to be carried out as quickly as possible and building work to begin in autumn 2016. Minimum disruption to students is a priority to ensure that they achieve their qualifications and plans are in place to provide training at another Tresham campus or at an off-site location within Wellingborough whilst building work takes place.
Stuart Wesselby, Principal at Tresham said,
“We are delighted to be taking the first steps forward for Tresham’s new campus in Wellingborough which will be the final piece in the jigsaw to provide modern, fully equipped learning environments for school leavers, employees and adults in and around north Northamptonshire.
Tresham is committed to creating learning opportunities for everyone and with the funding from the Local Growth Fund and Wellingborough Borough Council and support from Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, Northamptonshire County Council we are able to move forward with this exciting new project for the town.”
Tim Bagshaw, Head of Business and Innovation at Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership said:
“It is great to see the project getting under way. This development will not only provide a major opportunity for young people and adults in Wellingborough but will also facilitate a learning provision leading to the closing of Northamptonshire’s skills gap both in the short-term and in the future. The positive impact of the new campus on the local community and the county’s prosperity as a whole will surely be felt.”
Cllr Matt Golby, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for children’s services commented:
“We’re delighted to be supporting the development of a new Wellingborough campus for Tresham College. This will create learning facilities fit for the 21st century, giving over 600 young people and adults the chance to learn new skills and increase their employability.”
Councillor Tom Partridge-Underwood, Deputy Leader of Wellingborough Council said:
“We are delighted to see this major redevelopment scheme getting underway. The Borough Council has felt for some time that redevelopment of the Tresham site would have a very positive effect not only on the provision of educational facilities for our young people but also in encouraging wider regeneration across our town centre.”
(image attached shows l-r Stuart Wesselby (Principal at Tresham), Simon Evans (Chair of Governors at Tresham, Tim Bagshaw (Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership), Tom Partridge-Underwood (Deputy Leader of Wellingborough Council))Back to news