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A New Future For Our Nuneaton Campus

We are currently reviewing the facilities at our Nuneaton campus to make sure we continue to provide a high-quality student experience that is fit for future skills developments. Our current buildings are too large for our future requirements, which means our utilisation of space is becoming less cost-effective.

We are committed to retaining a strong presence in Nuneaton and our plans include high-quality campus facilities at our current location. We aim to invest in our facilities so that they are fit for purpose in a 21st-century teaching and learning environment. We plan to raise the investment funds we need to improve our facilities through the re-development of part of the current campus for residential purposes.

As part of the planning application process, the College hosted an informal public consultation in February 2018 to allow local stakeholders and members of the community to comment on the proposed new housing development due to be constructed on land which the College plans to eventually sell.

Feedback included questions about the potential impact on traffic and car parking in the local area and concern over the volume of houses within the proposed development. Some of those who responded were concerned about the potential loss of sports pitches from the college grounds.

The College’s senior management team and planning consultants have now reviewed the feedback and changes have been made to the masterplan to accommodate the concerns raised.

Changes include:

Improved car parking

The revised masterplan will now include almost twice as many car parking spaces, increased from around 200 to at least 400 including disabled parking spaces, helping to ensure that college staff, students and visitors have plenty of space to park and minimising any impact on the surrounding residential area. Options for cycling, walking, car-sharing, and parking will be considered as part of a revised transport strategy.

 

Housing density reduced

To help accommodate concerns about traffic issues, the masterplan now includes fewer residential units, and will now consist of 195 homes, reduced from the 220 outlined within the original plan.

 

Investment in sports facilities

We are committed to maintaining excellent sports provision on campus at Nuneaton and will be creating a new, state-of-the-art 3G all-weather sports pitch in the north east area of the campus. This will provide a high-quality playing surface enabling access all year round. We are working with Sport England and the Football Foundation to maximise the benefit of this facility to the local community.

 

Learning provision retained on site

Learning provision for engineering will be retained on site in existing buildings with some provision being delivered at the new MIRA Technology Institute, recently opened to address skills in the automotive industry. Provision for motor vehicle study programmes will benefit from newly re-built workshops designed to meet the requirements of a contemporary learning environment.

 

Facilities open to the public

The Glebegate restaurant and learning provision for catering and hospitality will remain on campus and will benefit from some refurbishment.

The Nursery will be maintained at its existing size and will be re-located more closely to the main campus building.

 

Follow this link to view the revised masterplan.

 

The College is committed to retaining a strong presence in Nuneaton with high-quality campus facilities at the current location. We are confident that our revised masterplan brings us a step closer to being able to deliver the 21st learning environment that our students require.

For further updates, and news and progress, please return to this page which we will keep updated as our plans unfold.


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