Wiltshire College is delighted to announce that plans to build a state-of-the-art £21 million campus in Chippenham have been given the go ahead.
The 9,100m2 three-storey building was given the green light by Wiltshire Council earlier this month.
Building work on the new campus is due to begin in May.
Ben Allen, Vice Principal for Business Development, said: "We are delighted to have got planning permission for the new campus.
"This is a transformational project for both the college and the wider community of Chippenham and we are looking forward to starting on site."
The new facilities will support growth in vocational training and apprenticeships in areas such as engineering, construction and hair and beauty, as well as university level courses and army resettlement.
The new campus will be flexible to meet the future anticipated demand of students, employers and the community and will provide industry standard workshops and vocationally-tailored spaces, together with realistic working environments.
Wiltshire College revealed its proposals to redevelop the existing campus in October on land behind the existing college buildings off Cocklebury Road in the town.
The project was aligned with the Local Economic Partnership initiatives and Chippenham Vision Master Plan.
Interested neighbours, residents and members of the public were invited to attend an exhibition and discuss the proposals with College representatives, before providing comments on feedback.
The College was advised by Huw Jones from the Bristol office of leading national planning consultancy, Turley.
Following the approval of the planning application, Huw said: "We are delighted to have secured planning permission for such an important scheme for both Wiltshire College and Chippenham.
"We established a good working relationship with officers at Wiltshire Council and I thank them for their proactive approach to this application.
"This will be a landmark project for the town, greatly enhancing the setting of the area whilst also providing a significantly improved educational offer."
Turley worked closely with Wiltshire Council to secure the prompt approval of the application, under delegated powers and with no accompanying legal agreement.
MP Duncan Hames, said he was delighted at the news.
He said: "I am delighted that the Coalition Government has been awarded the money to rebuild the Chippenham campus.
"Chippenham missed out under the last Government, as I reminded the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, when I enlisted his support for the College’s bid, so it’s great to see the Coalition Government giving our young people the best chance to gain the workplace skills employers demand.
"After such a long wait, I’m very pleased that construction will be getting underway soon.
"This sort of long-term investment in the skills of the next generation is essential to build a stronger economy in a fairer society where everyone can get on in life."
Building work is due to take around 16 months to complete with the world class facilities opening to students in September 2015.
Funding for the new building has been officially confirmed for Wiltshire College Chippenham and the plans are now moving swiftly forward.
The £21m state-of-the art new college building will be built on land just behind the existing college buildings off Cocklebury Road, Chippenham.
A 9,100m2 three storey building will provide a completely new purpose built modern campus for the college and town of Chippenham. The new world class facilities will open to students from September 2015.
The new college will transform the future of learning in Chippenham and support the plans for economic growth in the town. The plans for this project have the full support of Wiltshire Council and the Local Economic Partnership and Chippenham Vision.
The new facilities will support growth in vocational training and apprenticeships in areas such as engineering, construction, hair and beauty as well as university level courses and army resettlement. Designed to be flexible to meet future anticipated demands of students, employers and the community, the new building will provide industry standard workshops and vocationally-tailored spaces, together with realistic working environments.
The new college campus will include:
The new building is designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable, in line with the college’s objective to integrate sustainability into all aspects of its activities, including energy management and the management of its buildings.
|Planning Approval||Mid-March 2014|
|Start on site||April/May 2014|
|Building complete||Summer 2015|
|New building open to students||September 2015|
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