News - 07 August 2013

New College Nottingham unveils its £27m vision

A college campus is set to be revitalised by a £27 million facelift.

New College Nottingham wants to transform its Basford Hall site, off Stockhill Lane.

It wants to build a new centre on nearby park land, next to the A610, which is currently owned by the city council.

Bosses are in talks with council officials on a land swap deal which would mean the college took over the park land, while the authority would take over the current Basford Hall building.

A bid for £9 million is to be submitted to the Skills Funding Agency in the coming weeks. If that is successful the remaining money will come from a loan.

College principal Amarjit Basi said: “We are genuinely excited about the potential for us to make a huge positive difference to the local economy.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring redevelopment of this scale to Basford and its surrounding areas where the benefits will be felt for years to come.”

The land the college is eyeing up includes a bowling green, an old pavilion and a changing room block, as well as the park.

They would be replaced by new facilities where the college currently stands.

The new college building would be home to the same courses already run at Basford Hall, including construction.

It would create extra places for students and more jobs, to the delight of Nottingham North MP Graham Allen, who said: “This is an area with high unemployment and not many qualifications so this would be a fantastic boost for the area.

“It is in the centre of four deprived wards and being on the A610 it is by a prominent route into the city.”

The college and council are now consulting on the plan, which is through a first round of bids to the Skills Funding Agency, but must now submit a more detailed application.

The plans come barely six years since the college was saved from closure.

Source: Nottingham Post

Also in the Post, how college survived 2006 closure plan

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