Plans for new college building in Daventry are unveiled
Exciting plans for Northampton College's new building in Daventry have been launched to the local community at a public consultation event. The new building, designed by award-winning architects Pick Everard, will be modern in style with plenty of glass allowing generous amounts of light into the learning environment.
Facilities will include specialist workshops for engineering and science labs, as well as state of the art library facilities and learning resources. There will be contemporary hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, well-equipped ICT suites, teaching space for healthcare and childcare plus dedicated provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The plans are being developed following the College's successful bid to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for £6.5M of funding from the Local Growth Fund for a completely new campus in the town that will offer vocational training for young people and adults.
The government grant was awarded on condition that the College invests match funding from its own resources and to achieve this, a planning application has already been submitted to re-develop part of the current College site for residential purposes.
Construction is due to start in September 2015 and it is planned that the new centre will open its doors in autumn 2016. The College will remain open during construction as the new building will be built alongside existing facilities at Badby Road West.
The centre will provide places for 700 students, including 200 Apprenticeships, and will focus on developing the skills identified as central to the local economy. Work is now in progress to develop an exciting new curriculum for the centre that will appeal to young people, adults and local businesses. It is proposed that the new College campus will be self-contained and designed more efficiently using just 50% of the space of the existing facility. The College is committed to retaining green open space on the site and has included two full size sports pitches and plans for landscaping and tree-planting at the perimeter.
Provision has been made for 90 car parking spaces including an area for coaches to pick up and set down as well as secure storage for cycles and motorcycles.
The project will generate significant benefits not only for the College but also for the town including:
- Fit for purpose facilities so that young people do not need to leave Daventry to access high quality further education
- General and specialist teaching resources equipped with the latest technology
- Resources which are designed to respond to the needs of students and local employers
- Brand new buildings which are most cost effective to maintain and operate
- Retention of green open space and sports pitches
- A more environmentally-friendly and sustainable campus designed to a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Further pictures of the new site can be found here.
The exhibition documents can be found here.