Calderdale College submits plans for ‘green’ extension

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A DECISION on whether to allow another extension to be built at Calderdale College should be made by the middle of July.

The governors have now submitted plans for a sustainable and environmental technology centre next to the Inspire Centre, on Francis Street, Halifax.

It includes a three-storey building, a new football/rugby pitch, a workshop, new access and 100 extra parking spaces.

Principal Chris Jones said: “The College has three main ambitions for the new building; an enhanced curriculum and experience for students, better links with employers and an enhanced campus.”

He said the building would examine the future of green jobs in the region and look to meet the skill requirements of younger people.

“The centre would be primarily a space for students to learn and for employers to share in the new technologies,” he said. It would enhance the sports facilities at the college, which are available for community use, including a new grass pitch.

If the planning application is approved it should open in time for the start of the 2013/14 academic year.

The college held public consultation meetings in January which also helped develop links with local businesses that might use the centre.

*The the remains of the former Princess Mary High School building will be demolished as part of the redevelopment plan. The the main school was built in 1931 at a cost of £40,000.

It was created by merging the girls’ section of Halifax Secondary School, at Clare Hall, with the Halifax High School for Girls, at Savile Park. It closed in the late 1980s.