A £10 Million upgrade in educational facilities in Wellingborough is on the cards, thanks to The Bedford College Group.
The refurbishment aims to revive the existing Church Street College location and lead to the recruitment of extra students and staff who will boost the town centre economy.
Following a merger in the summer of 2017, Tresham College became part of The Bedford College Group which is centred upon multi-award-winning Bedford College. Work to rebuild Tresham College’s Wellingborough campus had been scuppered before the merger, but the new group has put a case to two powerful funding bodies.
Group CEO Ian Pryce CBE led the team who sought £7.5 Million funding for the premises via a SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) grant.
“Before the merger plans for a redevelopment at Wellingborough had already been halted, but the demolition of part of the site was already committed,” explained Mr Pryce.
“From the rubble, we have a vision of a new-look tower block and motor vehicle centre offering a range of courses required by the community.
“We recognise the demand for quality post-16 skills training by local employers to support the regional economy and to that end have kept some training going at Wellingborough whilst work continues on site.
“In the meantime, other courses are running at temporary accommodation in the town centre until property improvements at the Church Street site can be completed by September 2020.
“We are immensely grateful to Wellingborough Council for all the help and support given to us and we look forward to sharing the celebrations on this journey.”
Church Street is a key gateway to the town centre, boasting great transport links and good access to the shops. The proposed improvements to the Tresham campus will keep a much wanted further education facility in Wellingborough.
Wellingborough Councillor Martin Griffiths said: “The new education facilities will help provide a much needed Further Education site for not only the borough but neighbouring districts too. Retaining a college in a town centre location will help to promote access by public transport and assist in the future vitality of the town centre. It will also encourage the student population to access other services.”
Motor vehicles courses which are still going on at Church Street will continue throughout the build process. Once the refurbishment is complete, a broader range of courses will be on offer than ever before – all meeting the demands of the regional economy and the employment aspirations of Northamptonshire people.
For more information about the courses on offer at Wellingborough and to see the developments at Church Street please visit www.tresham.ac.uk.