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College ‘plaza’ idea gains pace with bulldoze plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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OLD workshops will be bulldozed as part of Burton and South Derbyshire College plans to create a new ‘plaza’.

The college, in Lichfield Street, has now applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to bulldoze its existing woodwork and engineering workshop buildings, next to the public right of way.

It marks the second stage of plans to demolish the redundant workshops to facilitate the construction of a new two-storey teaching block and multi-purpose assembly hall as well the refurbishment of the main teaching block glazing system and landscaped plaza area.

In 2012, plans were approved to demolish other workshops on site.

In the design statement, the college said: “The existing engineering and woodwork buildings no longer satisfy the requirements for the curriculum or service the needs of the college.

“The engineering functions are being relocated to newly refurbished facilities which provide better consolidation of curriculum functions, so providing improved services and student safeguarding.

“The woodwork building has been vacant since the relocation of the woodwork curriculum to purpose built facilities in Swadlincote.

“Demolition of these buildings provides available space for a new development which will offer greatly improved college facilities.”

Part of the proposals could also see a new area for students to congregate — ‘a new social hub at the heart of the campus that fosters an environment for interaction and communication’.

The ultimate plan is to move the existing meeting place for students from the war memorial at the front of the college to dedicated social area where the old workshops currently stand.

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