Burnley College plans state-of-the art new construction skills centre

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A state-of-the-art contruction skills centre is being planned for Burnley College.

Ambitious plans to expand the £81m. campus in Princess Way have been submitted to Burnley Council.

Education chiefs say the develeopment of the centre and teaching block will enable the college to expand its engineering offer and new facilities for in-demand construction trades.

The current brickwork and plastering workshops will be re-housed in the purpose built 1,000sq.m skills centre proposed for land off Ashfield Road which was a former gas holder site.

Teaching and IT facilities will also be housed in a 600sq.m building next door on the brownfield site alongside the River Calder.

The teaching block will be designed to allow three further floors to be constructed which would create an additional 1,800sq.m of classroom space.

Hopes are the development will draw in more students to the campus which already has nearly 8,000 full time and part time young learners and adults on courses and vocational programmes.

A statement from Burnley College in the planning report said: “On completion, this project will allow the college to effectively expand its specialist engineering offer to meet current and future demands and create new, bespoke facilities for construction trades, all supported by good quality, flexible general teaching and IT facilities.”