Bournemouth & Poole College, Performing Arts Centre
Theatre, digital media centre and laboratories built to BREEAM Excellent within a live campus site
Willmott Dixon's higher education skills are supporting Wiltshire College's ambitious expansion plans by building a state-of-the-art campus hub adjacent to its former campus.
It's the latest high education campus 'hub' for a company that has delivered £350 million of upgrades to collage and university estates in the last three years.
One reason for our team's appointment was its track record of working in live environments, helping to ensure day-to-day work is not disrupted by construction.
Following completion in November 2015, the facility now accommodates 1,000 full-time students and provides construction, engineering and motor vehicle workshops, new skills rooms including a sensory room for learners with disabilities, conference facilities and a Learning Resource Centre.
It will strengthen vocational training and apprenticeships for engineering, construction, hair and beauty as well as provide university level courses. It is designed to support growth in apprenticeships and army resettlement.
To mark completion, students gathered in front of the three-pronged building before Student Union President Ben Saint proudly cut a ribbon to declare it open.
Principal Amanda Burnside:
“This building opening heralds a new era for skills and training in the Chippenham area and is an important day for the county. Students, staff and the employers we work with will have access to 21st century training facilities which are absolutely essential to meet the needs of our vibrant economic region.”
An area of the remaining campus will be demolished over the coming months and transformed into extra parking.
The building comprised:
Neal Stephens, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon in the South West:
“We are delighted to have been involved in creating such an important new facility for Wiltshire College. We have constructed an innovative BREAAM excellent building that will fully support the vocational and technology learning within the campus.
Ben, aged 20 from Chippenham,is a second year Level 3 Games Development student: “It was a great honour to cut the ribbon this morning to declare the new campus open.I absolutely love the new building and you can tell how much thought has gone into every aspect.
“It isn’t just a move to a new building, everything has been completely upgraded. As a Games Development student, I was thrilled to see much of the new equipment this morning and it is the same for all areas of curriculum.
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