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£40m Cumbria college campus ahead of schedule

3 June 2011 No Comment

The £40 million redevelopment of a college campus in Cumbria is running well ahead of schedule, the North West Evening Mail reported. Furness College in Barrow is undergoing the redevelopment, and one of its new buildings should be finished by March 2010 – two months earlier than planned.

This means that students will be able to move in before the start of the 2012 spring term.

Furness-College-CumbriaBarrowImage source via Alan Johnston Partnership

College building redevelopment

College bosses also revealed that the building’s external cladding – which includes the glazing units – was progressing well. Dave Green, director of capital projects at Furness College, confirmed the news.

According to the Cleatormoor Local, he claimed: “We are slightly ahead of schedule, we will be looking towards being able to move in, in the spring of next year.”

He went on to congratulate the project’s main contractor for its “fantastic work with the college and working with our students,” adding that the development team has been “keen to involve students in the process and it is great for them to experience a working environment.”

The building was designed conscientiously and tried to reflect the feel of the surrounding area and as a result, students are eager to get into the new premises and look forward to having the additional space, Green said.

Furthermore, many of the internal features are already in place, with the concrete floors and wall panelling nearly ready for a touch of interior design. A Learning Resource Centre is also due to be refurbished as part of a longer-term strategy to link it with the new building via a sky bridge.

The Furness College was one of the few educational institutions to receive funding from the Government’s capital build scheme. It received £32 million from the now defunct Learning and Skills Council, and another £3.5 million from the North West Regional Development Agency and the University of Cumbria.

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