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Wiltshire College in UK unveils plans for new Chippenham campus

22 Oct 2013 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2013 18:30)

Wiltshire College in the UK has unveiled plans to construct a college campus at Chippenham with an investment of £21m.

Chippenham campus

Wiltshire College in the UK has unveiled plans to construct a college campus at Chippenham with an investment of £21m.

The three-storey building will be constructed on 9,100m² of land situated just behind the existing college buildings off Cocklebury Road, Chippenham.

According to the college, the new campus will feature construction, engineering and motor vehicle workshops, hair and beauty salons, music, media and art studios alongside a sports science lab.

Besides general teaching and IT classrooms, the proposed campus will also feature skills rooms and a sensory room for learners with disabilities, conference facilities and a learning resource centre.

The college claims that the new facility will transform the future of learning in Chippenham and support the plans for economic growth in the town.

Wiltshire Council and the Local Economic Partnership and Chippenham Vision are supporting the project, plans for which are expected to submitted in November 2013.

The college expects to start construction in April 2014 with due approvals in place, and complete the project by September 2015.

Plans are underway to demolish all the existing facilities and landscape the site after completion of the new building, said the institution.

Wiltshire College principal and chief executive Di Dale said the Chippenham project represents the next stage in the transformation of the college’s facilities across the county.

"This transformation programme has already delivered a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre in our Trowbridge campus and work is underway on the new Construction Skills Centre also in Trowbridge which is due to open in September 2014," Dale said.

The college said the new building will be designed in line with its objective to integrate sustainability into all aspects of its activities, including energy management and the management of its facilities.


Image: The Chippenham campus will be built on land just behind the existing college buildings off Cocklebury Road. Photo: Courtesy of Wiltshire College.