UK HCA submits plan for building new campus at Gloucestershire College

6 May 2014 (Last Updated May 6th, 2014 18:30)

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) of UK has submitted its plan to the Forest of Dean District Council to build a new £15m Royal Forest of Dean campus at Gloucestershire College.

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The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) of UK has submitted its plan to the Forest of Dean District Council to build a new £15m Royal Forest of Dean campus at Gloucestershire College.

The plan also includes the construction of a new link road, landscaping, service infrastructure and other associated work costing about £8.9m.

The project is part of a £100m Cinderford Northern Quarter regeneration programme in the Forest of Dean.

As per the plan, the HCA has already appointed Gloucester-based Barnwood Construction to build the new college.

The Royal Forest of Dean campus will include a 7,750m² energy-efficient building that will be built to building research establishment environmental assessment methodology (BREEAM) standards, an independent sixth form centre that will be jointly run by Gloucestershire College and Dene Magna School, a new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre, a training restaurant, and open community areas and parking spaces.

"We will continue to work closely with businesses in the area to ensure all of our students leave us with the skills to be successful in the workplace."

In addition to A Levels at the joint sixth form, the campus will offer a vocational curriculum covering many areas, including art, business, catering, construction and building services, and teacher training.

Gloucestershire College principal Matthew Burgess said the council is pleased about getting to this stage in their plans to bring 21st century facilities and opportunities to the Forest of Dean.

"Our school-leavers deserve the same amenities as students elsewhere. Investing in their future is an investment into the whole of the Forest of Dean, and we will continue to work closely with businesses in the area to ensure all of our students leave us with the skills to be successful in the workplace," Burgess said.

The plan also calls for a new 3,000m² hotel, up to 18,800m² of employment and business space, around 195 homes, and a visitor centre.

If approved, the project is expected to generate more than 1,000 jobs and attract more than £100m of in investment.

Cinderford Regeneration Board vice-chair and councillor Tim Holder said that, after years of debate and planning, this is an important step towards bringing new jobs, businesses and homes to Cinderford, plus a state-of-the art college for the Forest of Dean.

"Local people support these proposals and have already dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to bringing the Northern Quarter vision to life. The people of Cinderford and the Forest of Dean deserve access to the best modern facilities and the proposed Northern Quarter development will make this dream a reality," Holder said.


Image: Artist's rendition of the proposed Royal Forest of Dean campus at Gloucestershire College. Photo: courtesy of Homes and Communities Agency.