Southport College’s £2.6 Million building refurbishment well underway

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Southport College’s £2.6 Million building refurbishment well underway

Southport College’s £2.6 million transformation of its Tony Leigh building is well underway. The project is set to provide students with some of the most modern & cutting edge learning environments in the region, improve the restaurant & salon facilities and boost the local economy.

John Clarke, Principal of Southport College said “Governors have a policy of continually investing in and improving facilities for our students. Our most recent major project was the £1.2m refurbishment of our Art and Design areas to create a specialist School of Media and the Arts which is now amongst the best in the region. This new project will expand and enhance the excellent facilities we already have at Southport College and is making a great contribution to the local economy. In particular it has been driven by the increased number of applications we are now receiving each year from school leavers, especially in the areas of Health & Social Care, Childcare and Engineering.”

The project spans five floors and includes a completely new restaurant interior, new hair &beauty salons, an energy efficiency overhaul of the building and unique learning spaces for childcare and health & social care students which include simulated nurseries and hospital bays. In addition, students studying Engineering, Motor Vehicle Repair and IT will all benefit from improved learning spaces over the next few years.

The energy efficiency overhaul is set to reduce the College’s carbon footprint and will deliver savings on the College’s energy bill. The project is being assisted by a government grant of close to £1 million which the College successfully applied for through a competitive bidding process in competition with over 100 other institutions.

Merseyside based ABW Architects have provided the design and vision for the new building with Preston based John Turner Construction Group the contractors handling the construction side of the project. The major first phase of the work is set to be completed in September 2014 and students starting college after leaving school this year will be amongst the first to benefit from the significant investment the College is making.

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