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Go-ahead for Colchester Institute's £3.3m revamp
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
COLCHESTER Institute’s £3.3million upgrade has been given the green light.
Work is expected to start early next year after permission was granted to create a new block, walkway and entrance lobby.
The college applied to Colchester Council to carry out an overhaul of its Sheepen Road campus after securing £2.9million of the cost from the Skills Funding Agency.
When it is unveiled in September 2014, the upgrade will be the first since the Learning and Skills Council scrapped the college’s £85million building plans mid-project in 2009.
Colchester Institute had invested £27million in completing one of four wings – an energy and engineering centre – when the plug was pulled.
It had also knocked down its library and learning resources centre in preparation for further upgrades.
The new planning application allows for a new main entrance, reception and learner services information area and a lobby.
The walkway will link it to a new conference centre over the main entrance, and a new block will join the unfinished west wing building to the hair and beauty block.
Eight Information Learning Technology suites will be created while the beauty salon will receive a full refurbishment.
A series of demountable buildings will be removed.
The work is planned to be the first phase of a three-part upgrade of the campus over the coming years
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