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£50m campus plan to be unveiled

PUBLISHED: 13:51 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 05 July 2010

A £50m plan for the redevelopment of the Lowestoft College campus into a state-of-the-art centre of educational excellence will be unveiled on Monday.

Architects Feilden and Mawson, who are working with the college in St Peter's Street to attain Learning Skills Council funding will have the first drawings on public display in the foyer, with a planning application to follow within days.

A £50m plan for the redevelopment of the Lowestoft College campus into a state-of-the-art centre of educational excellence will be unveiled on Monday.

Architects Feilden and Mawson, who are working with the college in St Peter's Street to attain Learning Skills Council funding will have the first drawings on public display in the foyer, with a planning application to follow within days.

The two-year proposals include demolition of the existing 45-year-old tower and the creation of a set of lower, more eye pleasing buildings, offering 11,500 sq m of innovative teaching space reflecting the history and traditions of the town, while bristling with the latest technology.

If approved, the work will be phased to allow the college to function normally throughout the building work, which could be finished by September 2011.

One of the few buildings which will remain at Lowestoft College is the £6.5m Sir Christopher Cockerell Centre, housing the construction industry, engineering and boatbuilding workshops. It opened last year.

The first phase involves the construction of two new two-storey buildings, offering 3,000 sq m of space, one with a rooftop pavilion.

The first building will be home to the foundation department and the training section for carers. It will have a 600 sq m garden area, incorporating a sensory garden.

The other will be home to the schools of engineering technology, including machinery, hydraulics, electronics and building services. The pavilion will be the college's renewable energy centre.

The next phase in the master plan involves the construction of the main teaching block and a new hub building, linked by a large glazed atrium, which will form the heart of the project. These will be four and five storeys high - but noticeably lower than the existing tower.

The overall plan is a careful mix of old and new principles. Construction and cladding materials will reflect aspects of Lowestoft history - seashore characteristics, boat-building and fishing industries.

Philip Bodie, who is heading the Feilden and Mawson design team from their Norwich office said they were thrilled to be appointed architects for the new campus.

He said: “Feilden and Mawson is committed to the very best in building design and we believe the new buildings will offer all that is best in modern, educational architecture.

“I hope that the quality of the designs for the campus will be inspirational to learners at Lowestoft College for years to come. As a resident of Waveney I also take much pleasure from helping to shape the skyline in my home area,” he added.

Teresa Miller, deputy principal of Lowestoft College said the redevelopment of the campus was an exciting opportunity, as well as incorporating a proposed new sixth form centre on the same site.

“Since the early 1960s when the existing buildings were erected, technology has moved on beyond recognition. The concept of computers for all was really only a dream then. The new facilities will also put us at the cutting edge when it comes to teaching students about environmental issues and sustainable energy.”

Lowestoft College, which caters for around 5,000 students each year, is part of the University Campus Suffolk partnership initiative between the Universities of Essex and East Anglia.

“Our new campus will be able to offer degree students facilities which match anything on offer at any other of the colleges involved,” said Mrs Miller.

“Our new state-of-the-art campus facilities will represent a superb enhancement of the excellent educational opportunities we already offer to people of Lowestoft and Waveney,” she added.

The public are able to view the plans from 2pm on Monday through to 5pm on Wednesday.

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