Our stunning new campus in Cinderford is open!
The eagerly-anticipated new campus forms a major part of the Cinderford Northern Quarter regeneration project and offers some of the best post-16 education and training facilities in the country.
The feedback we have already had from students, parents and members of the local Forest community about our new campus has been incredibly positive. The teaching facilities here are second to none, set alongside modern and vibrant study and relaxation areas. We are delighted to welcome so many students and their families - we have over 400 students who have already applied to enrol here in Cinderford.
The new campus is located in Cinderford, as part of a larger regeneration project to develop the area to include residential and commercial property, a new link road and leisure facilities.
Courses available at this campus:
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It has taken many years to get to this point but throughout that time we have remained fully committed to the project. Our aim is for the new campus to be a focus for technical training in the Forest of Dean area. We are very grateful to our partners for their support to date and are looking forward to getting underway with the build.
The existing Forest of Dean Campus at Five Acres will remain open as normal while the new campus is being built and will accept new students onto courses that start in September 2018.
If your course continues into the 2018/19 academic year, it will move across to the new campus once it is open, with the same lecturers and course content, but in the new, modern facilities.
We will be working with both Stagecoach and other contracted bus providers to offer bus routes to the new campus to/from destinations around the Forest of Dean, including Coleford, Lydney, Monmouth and Cinderford town centre. The area will also be served by buses from Gloucester city centre.
A new spine road will run from Broadmoor Road in Cinderford to Cinderford Brook, allowing vehicle access to the College. Student parking spaces will be available at the campus.
There will also be access to the campus by foot/cycle path from Cinderford.
Stagecoach will continue to offer GC students discounted fares to and from college. We will also continue with the current season ticket scheme for other bus routes.
If you have concerns about funding, contact GC Student Services on 0345 155 2020.
Yes, we will continue to provide the same courses we currently run from the Forest of Dean Campus.
Fees are reviewed on an annual basis in line with College procedures.
Yes, we will be introducing a number of new courses once the new campus is ready such as Travel and Tourism and Business.
The new campus will have facilities for up to 1,500 students, including a sixth form centre, specialist art studios; construction and motor vehicle workshops; industry standard training kitchens; ICT suites; a contemporary learning resource centre; and teaching spaces for business, healthcare, early years and outdoor education. There will also be hairdressing and beauty therapy salons and a student run restaurant open to the public.
Students will be able to relax and buy lunch in a large, airy refectory, and can enjoy the lakeside surroundings in an outdoor picnic area.
Yes, it will be located in a prominent, central and easily accessible place on the Northern Quarter site adjacent to Steam Mills Lake. The campus will be served by public transport and the development of the new spine road, which will be a pedestrian friendly tree-lined boulevard, will make it easily accessible by car, bike or on foot.
To create a mixed use, sensitively designed, exemplar eco-friendly development, well integrated with the natural and built landscape and providing a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Cinderford through the provision of higher skill, higher wage jobs; new opportunities for education; high quality and affordable housing; and state-of-the-art new community facilities (Northern Quarter Baseline Report, April 2009).
A number of leisure, housing and business developments are planned for the area, including:
The wider Northern Quarter Project is a joint venture between the Forest of Dean District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which has benefited from £3.8m funding from Gfirst LEP towards the construction of the spine road (phase 1). The new college campus has been funded by Gloucestershire College, £2.6m from Growth Deal 3 secured by Gfirst LEP and additional funding from the HCA.
Once constructed, the spine road and college will be maintained by revenue budgets from Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire College respectively.
The 84 hectare Northern Quarter site was formally used for mining, with many derelict mining buildings remaining in the area.
Parts of the site are currently used for recreation, with an angling club and recreational walks. The other existing uses reflect the industrial legacy of the site, including a breaking yard and brick works.
Extensive work has been undertaken to make sure animals have been rehomed along the route of the road to keep them safe. Great Crested Newts and other common species have been successfully relocated and several new ponds created in the surrounding area.
The forest, which takes up large areas of the site, will be retained, leaving only grassed areas and brownfield land for the proposed development.
The Steam Mills Lake will remain as a key feature of the site.
There has been extensive health and safety exploration of the site which has deemed safe for redevelopment.
Ownership of the existing college building will be transferred to the West Dean Parish Council and Forest of Dean District Council.
We will be reporting on the progress of the new campus in the News section of our website.
You can also keep up to date on the wider Northern Quarter regeneration by checking the Forest of Dean District Council website: www.fdean.gov.uk and in the local media.
If you have any further questions, contact our Student Services team on 0345 155 2020