A Scunthorpe college plans to increase its student intake by more than 500 with the addition of a new three-storey building.
North Lindsey College wants the new teaching block to be a focal point for its Kingsway campus. It would replace a number of existing buildings and increase capacity to more than 3,700 students in total.
The college has already been pledged millions of pounds for the changes from a government funding pot. If approved, it is hoped that it will be ready by the summer of 2025.
The new building would be capable of accommodating 1,400 pupils and staff, including students in the 14-16, 16-plus and adult age groups. It would house general and specialist classrooms, along with administrative suites. A SEND area (specialist educational needs and disabilities) would be created on the western side of the ground floor, with a separate entrance.
Large-capacity dining and kitchen areas, along with an auditorium, would be created on the ground floor. This area could also be used as an out-of-hours or community zone or performance space.
Barrie Shipley, the chief operating officer at the college, said: “The college is working closely with the Department for Education to design and deliver a new campus main building that will consolidate and replace a number of smaller buildings and [the] current main campus building.
“The plans will significantly improve the condition of the North Lindsey Campus, and complements recent work upgrading facilities for the launch of T-Levels and the opening of University Centre North Lincolnshire and investment in the Institute of Technology.”
In plans submitted to North Lincolnshire Council, architect Bond Bryan argues that, at present, the Kingsway campus “lacks cohesiveness” with “no high-quality external social spaces”. In addition, several buildings now in use, including the central Lindsey building and the Higher Education Centre, have been identified as being in poor condition.
Under the plans, several of these buildings, including the Lindsey centre, would be demolished on completion of the new three-storey building. A design centre and a nursery, which are within the footprint of the proposed new building, would be demolished in advance of construction work. It is proposed that the nursery should move to a new site behind New Beacon House.
Money for the project is being provided from the Government’s £1.5bn further education capital transformation fund. North Lindsey College is one of 16 institutions to have benefited from the initial phase of funding.
If the plans are approved the college would continue to open during construction. Residents have until September 21 to have their say on the application.
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