Rebuilt facility is attempt to keep students in town

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Northampton College revealed the plans to re-develop the site at Badby Road West on Friday last week.

The plans for the state of the art new facilities have been designed to help prevent students from leaving the town.

The masterplan of how the new site will look

The masterplan of how the new site will look

It follows on from the college’s successful bid to the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for £6.5M of funding from the Local Growth Fund for a completely new centre in the town that will offer vocational training for young people and adults.

The government grant was awarded on condition that the college invests match funding from its own resources and to achieve this, a planning application will be submitted to re-develop part of the current college site for residential purposes.

Any proceeds from the sale of this part of the site will be reinvested directly back into the college’s capital investment programme.

Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “We are very pleased to be consulting with the people of Daventry on proposals to improve the campus at Badby Road West and deliver first-class facilities for the town. Our ambition is to be the first choice for training and education in Daventry and our plans demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the town and the local community.

“We look forward to hearing the views of local people on our proposals to help us prepare a detailed planning application.”

Construction is due to start in September 2015 and it is planned that the new centre will open its doors in autumn 2016.

The centre will provide places for 700 students, including 200 apprenticeships, and will focus on developing skills identified as central to the local economy. Work is now in progress to develop an exciting new curriculum for the centre that will appeal to young people, adults and local businesses.

The new college campus will be self-contained and will include teaching accommodation incorporating the latest IT technology for interactive learning, hairdressing and beauty therapy facilities, café, learning resource centre and two full-sized grass sports pitches.

Further detailed plans for the new college building are currently being developed by the college’s architects.