Northern Quarter college funding gets the green light

23 February 2017

Gloucestershire College (GC) is delighted to announce that GFirst LEP has confirmed the Growth Deal 3 funding for Gloucestershire, which includes the final element of funding required to build a new state-of-the-art campus in Cinderford’s Northern Quarter.

This major investment represents the remaining £2.6m of the £15m required to build the new educational campus, on brownfield land next to Steam Mills Lake.

The new lakeside campus will form the centrepiece of a £100 million regeneration project for residential, business and leisure development at the Northern Quarter site in Cinderford.

The purpose built centre for post-16 education, which has been designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects of Gloucester, will boast modern facilities that include ICT suites, construction workshops, industry standard training kitchens, a contemporary learning centre and state-of-the-art teaching spaces for the wide range of subjects on offer. The site will also host a hair and beauty training salon and a student run restaurant, both of which will be open to the public.

Work has already begun on phase one of an £8.8m spine road running through the area, which will provide essential transport and pedestrian links to the new campus.

A timeline for the project has yet to be finalised, in the meantime, the current Forest of Dean Campus at Five Acres will remain open and fully-functional for current students and those joining GC in September 2017. Once the new campus is complete all current courses, along with some exciting new provision will be transferred to the new facilities.

College Principal, Matthew Burgess said: “We are very pleased that the funding has been approved for our new campus in the Northern Quarter. We will now be working with our partners put the final pieces in place so that our contractors can gain access to the site and commence the works programme. 

“It has taken many years to get to this point but throughout that time we have remained fully committed to the project. We are very grateful to our partners for their support to date and are looking forward to getting underway with the build.”

Further information for current and prospective students, their parents and teachers will be posted at: www.gloscol.ac.uk/news

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