Calderdale College sets its sights on a ‘green’ extension

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CALDERDALE College wants to know what people think about its proposal to build a sustainable and environmental centre at the Francis Street Campus, in Halifax.

Planning is in its early stages but it is hoped to attach the building to the new £8 million Inspire Centre, which opened last September.

Public meetings to explain the proposals begin on Monday at the Inspire Centre from 12 noon to 2pm, 4pm to 5,30pm and from 6pm to 7.30pm.

“We want to consult the local community, create links between partners over the use of the proposed facilities and glean any innovative ideas,” said college spokeswoman Frances Lister.

“Project members will be available to discuss the proposals in English or Urdu.”

The centre is expected to be used mainly in connection with established construction courses and the emerging green curriculum.

It will provide a training base for the latest technology and building innovations, and will also be available for community use.

The college is unable to say at this stage how much the centre could cost or exactly when building work might begin.

There are more than 5,000 students at the college which administers the £68 million Enhancement Fund for skills and workforce development across Yorkshire and Humber.

The college runs a construction academy at Ryburn Valley High School and teaches construction courses at building centres throughout Kirklees.

Calderdale Training, the college’s services to business arm, works with over 750 companies across the region.

Last September, the college was nominated for an Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning and Skills Award.