College’s £5m new direction

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Bosses at St Helens College have announced a huge £5m redevelopment package to transform their Technology Centre campus.

The Pocket Nook Street site will benefit from a radical upgrade which will include a new library and improved workshop spaces.

College principal, Dr Jette Burford, said the plans would create a modern environment for students and staff.

She said: “This project comes at a very exciting time for the college. As we strive for excellence, this renovation at the Technology Centre site means all of our facilities will now boast state of the art equipment and learning resources.

“The main aim is to create modern, practical study spaces which will inspire and motivate students, helping them to maximise their learning experience.”

Work is due to start later this month, with the project set to be finished by September next year.

Once completed, the campus, which currently hosts courses subjects including engineering, construction and animal care, will boost a range of new facilities.

It will also include the creation of a number of flexible learning spaces - classrooms which can be used by a host of different subjects.

The new library and a number of outdoor areas will also be easily converting into teaching areas when needed.

Other developments will include a new dining area and internal courtyards as well as improved outdoor spaces and a completely remodelled entrance area.

The college itself will fork out £4.1m, with the rest of the cash coming from the Government-backed Skills Funding Agency.