Bournemouth and Poole College starts work on transformational new learning facilities

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: March 21, 2024 | Updated: 21st March 2024

A variety of guests and community leaders gathered at Bournemouth and Poole College to mark the start of construction work.

The college is carrying out construction work on its Bournemouth Campus following a multi-million pound investment from the Government’s Further Education Capital Transformation Fund.

This work includes a new four-storey building and refurbishment works. New facilities will contain teaching space tailored for courses in media, digital, business, travel, hair, beauty, hospitality, catering and sport.

It will also feature new amenities for the local community including a restaurant and salons.

The new building will be net zero carbon in operation, in line with the DfE’s latest output specification requirements, and will incorporate air source heat pump technology and photovoltaic panels on the roof, making it thermally efficient.

The historic landmark Clock Tower Building will go under wraps for 18 months for a full heritage restoration.

Phil Sayles, Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College, said: “We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey as we break ground on our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

“This project represents our unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience that equips students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their lives and careers.”

“The work will future-proof the buildings on our Bournemouth Campus until the end of the century, and represents a huge vote of confidence in Bournemouth.”

The Department for Education is managing the transformational programme together with construction partners, Kier.

Cheryl Parsons, Regional Director at Kier Construction Southern, said: “We are excited to begin creating this high spec campus that will provide modern facilities for students and the local community.

“We are working closely with Bournemouth and Poole College to deliver a first-class teaching space in the heart of town that will enrich the learning experience of students for generations to come.”

The construction is due to be completed by 2026. The college remains committed to minimising disruptions and ensuring a seamless transition for students and staff throughout the construction process.

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