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Details of college revamp

PUBLISHED: 16:56 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 05 July 2010

A STATE-of-the-art computer area, outdoor piazza and new workshops and classrooms will all be included in a £50m redevelopment of Lowestoft College, plans have revealed.

A STATE-of-the-art computer area, outdoor piazza and new workshops and classrooms will all be included in a £50m redevelopment of Lowestoft College, plans have revealed.

Proposals to transform the St Peter's Street site into a new modern campus, which include demolishing the recognisable 45-year-old tower, went on display at the college.

Teresa Miller, deputy principal of Lowestoft College, said that the new development will improve facilities for the staff, students and the wider community.

She said: “The feel will be quite traditional as the buildings will be based around a grass quadrangle. That sort of layout has worked for centuries so we're going to employ that model here.

“The hub building, which will include student services and an open plan computer and study area, will definitely become the heart of the college. It's being planned with the needs of the students in mind.”

The plans, which have been drawn up by Fielden and Mawson, include a glass atrium, a rooftop renewable energy centre and new classrooms for engineering, technology and social care students.

The 11,500sq m site, currently home to about 5,000 students a year, will be made to feel more open with an outdoor terrace area and walkway leading from St Peter's Street to Rotterdam Road.

Mrs Miller said that new buildings and facilities, which will hopefully be completed by 2011, will allow the college to become a community facility which can be used all year round.

She said: “We want these to be first-rate facilities for the whole town. We're looking at ways to develop use for local people, maybe by offering cookery classes in our new catering area or a way for people to come and make use of our boatbuilding centre.

“Lowestoft College has improved leaps and bounds recently and this will help us turn the final corner. It's really exciting for everyone involved; it will certainly put us on the map.”

The architects are working with the college to obtain funding from the Learning and Skills Council for the project. The site will also be home to the new sixth form centre for Lowestoft, which will replace the post-16 facilities at the town's three high schools.

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