Hadlow College in the UK has unveiled plans for a £40m development scheme, which will be built at the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery.
Under the project, the 121ha Betteshanger Colliery site will be transformed into a new global laboratory for green technologies.
The development will combine sustainable business and commerce, sustainable education, sustainable energy and tourism as well as meet the needs of green technology business and communities in a new centre.
When completed, the development will feature a green technologies sustainable business and commerce park that will provide learning and retail space, and gardens.
Work on the site is scheduled to start in three phases in 2014 with the initial development phase including the visitor, heritage and energy complex.
The first phase will also feature the Betteshanger Sustainable Education Centre, which will be used for research and development in sustainable food production, climate change, agro ecology and agronomy production.
The scheme is supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, Dover District Council, East Kent Spatial Development Company and private sector partners.
Hadlow College director of finance and resources Mark Lumsdon-Taylor said, "Dover is already the UK’s international gateway and it will now play a significant global role in knowledge and green technology industries.
"We will build on an available tourism market in Dover District of 15.3 million visitors per year, many of whom will make use of the high speed rail link to the town," Lumsdon-Taylor said.
Image: The development will feature a green technologies sustainable business and commerce park. Photo: Courtesy of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks.