Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee has approved plans for a new £50m campus at Bradford College in Bradford, UK.
The new 247,500ft² campus will be built at the college’s existing city centre site to replace the Westbrook, McMillan, Appleton and Old Buildings.
Under the plans, the main Westbrook Building will be demolished and an L-shaped campus building will be built on the Great Horton Road site.
The college plans to retain Lister Building, The Grove Library, Bolton Royd and Trinity Green Campus.
Bradford College principal and chief executive Michele Sutton said that the new campus will revolutionise the current estate and add to the regeneration of Bradford.
"Students will benefit from the bringing together of facilities and curriculum into a single location, new styles of learning which embrace cutting-edge technologies, realistic work environments that will be open to the public and opportunities to showcase learning activity through open plan areas," Sutton said.
The campus is part of Bradford College’s second phase of development; the first phase took place in 2008 with the development of Trinity Green Campus, which houses the engineering, construction and sport curriculum areas.
After losing capital funding from the Learning Skills Council, the new campus will be funded entirely by the college through a £35m bank loan and £15m of cash reserves accumulated up until 2013.
Bradford College’s previous plan to undertake the construction of a £120m building on the current location of Westbrook Building, Randell Well Building and Alexandra car park was rejected by the Learning Skills Council two years ago.
Work on the new campus is anticipated to start in summer 2012 and the project is expected to open in September 2014.
Caption: The new L-shaped campus building will be built on the college’s Great Horton Road site. Image: Bradford College.