£9m facility boost at college

Groundbreaking ceremony at Calderdale College. From the left, Governors Lynne McKenzie and Peter Clark, vice principal Denise Cheng-Carter, project manager Steve Byrne, head of estates Rob Rawlinson, project liason officer Richard Steadman, Nicholas Kiwomya from The LEP, with Nick Williamson, Simon Green and Caroline Gee from Graham Construction. Foreground, from the left, Elizabeth Curley from The LEP, principal John Rees and student union leaders Ainsley Hamilton and Emma Maclachlan.

Groundbreaking ceremony at Calderdale College. From the left, Governors Lynne McKenzie and Peter Clark, vice principal Denise Cheng-Carter, project manager Steve Byrne, head of estates Rob Rawlinson, project liason officer Richard Steadman, Nicholas Kiwomya from The LEP, with Nick Williamson, Simon Green and Caroline Gee from Graham Construction. Foreground, from the left, Elizabeth Curley from The LEP, principal John Rees and student union leaders Ainsley Hamilton and Emma Maclachlan.

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Calderdale College will be undertaking a multi-million pound building programme on its main campus to create state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Co-funded by the College and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership the unlocking Potential Project will allow the College to deliver new courses to meet local skills and employment needs.

Once complete, £9million build will house a Health Industries Learning and Training Facility, in addition to Centres for Creative and Digital Industries and Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, which will allow the College to provide new courses in games design, video editing, visual effects, computer sciences, dentistry, pharmacy, health, social care, childcare, engineering and manufacturing.

Denise Cheng-Carter, Vice Principal at Calderdale College, said: “This regional investment will enable the College to support the delivery of higher level skills, including higher level apprenticeships to match training to the particular needs of students and businesses as these skills are very much in demand throughout Calderdale and the wider Leeds City Region.”

Work is due to start on the project – designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects – later this month with the project due to be completed in August 2016.

The final stage of the building programme will see the creation of a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre (LRC) housing the latest digital technology and print resources to aid learning, and improve digital skills and employability.

The enhanced Learning Resource Centre will significantly enhance the College’s ability to deliver new courses to better meet local skills and employment needs.

Part of the College’s HE provision will be delivered at Dean Clough and the Orangebox in Halifax, over the next year, allowing the College to educate students in the town centre as well as the main campus, Gibbet Street and North Halifax Skills Centre in Ovenden, Halifax.