Building for the future
How the campus will look once the redevelopment is complete
The covered courtyard will provide much-needed extra social space
View of the new building from the Nottingham Road and Derby Road junction
Visual impression of the new building
Visual impression of the new multi-use sports hall
The £24m transformation of our Derby Road campus is gathering pace.
Building work is well under way on our brand-new £11m teaching block containing modern classrooms, ITC suites, hair and beauty salons, a specialist health spa and fine-dining restaurant with training kitchen.
Opening in January 2013, the new building will provide students with an “inspirational” learning environment.
The salon, spa and dining facilities will be available to the public on a commercial basis – giving learners vital work experience and a springboard into employment or higher education.
Other works involve enclosing an outdoor courtyard with a part-glazed roof to provide additional learning and social space.
Principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE said: “Construction of this inspirational building represents a major investment by the college and is the cornerstone of our multi-million pound redevelopment.
“Not only will it offer students unrivalled vocational learning opportunities, the public can also look forward to enjoying the facilities that will train the hairstylists, beauticians, holistic therapists and chefs of tomorrow.
“In bringing this highly-anticipated scheme to fruition our contractors will minimise disruption to students, staff and the local community so that it remains business as usual at college.”
Meanwhile, the college’s state-of-the-art new sports hall is rapidly taking shape. The building, which will boast six badminton-sized courts, a sports science laboratory, spectator seating and modern changing facilities, is due for completion in August.
Future plans include converting an existing three-storey block into more teaching space and re-cladding the six-storey tower and other buildings to rejuvenate the visual appearance of the campus.
“This £24m redevelopment represents a once-in-a-generation investment by the college in education and skills and will completely transform our main campus to provide our students will truly inspirational facilities,” added Mrs Khemka.
“By modernising our buildings, students will enjoy the very best teaching, learning and social space which will complement the high-quality education and training already provided here on a daily basis.”