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New building at the heart of modern college plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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A NEW three-storey building featuring state-of-the-art teaching and sports facilities is set to be built at Burton and South Derbyshire College in a bid bring the site into the 21st century.

Disused workshops would be demolished to make way for the proposed new block, which would form a link between the Lichfield Street site’s main building and Fleet Street area.

The development will form a central part of aspirations to modernise the college and improve teaching areas, with proposals to introduce a plaza also in the pipeline.

Bosses are hopeful the building will present an overall image of the college to new students and visitors coming onto the site.

Planners have taken inspiration from modern designs and said a combination of textured blue brick and dark grey curtain walling would bring a ‘contemporary feel to a traditional building’, creating a ‘dynamic’ site.

The new building would contain a gym, an art and design studio and a food court, while the block would also act as a hub for start-up businesses, while numerous pedestrian bridges would connect it to other parts of the site, providing easier access around the college.

A design statement from architectural firm Stubbs Rich said: “The building will greet people on arrival at the campus from the south east.

“The first and second floor increases the presence of the building and communicates a positive message about Burton and South Derbyshire College.

“The three-storey extension connects directly into the creative studies building at first and second floor levels as well as providing pedestrian bridge links to the main building and Fleet Street.

“Further new connections are made into the main building and Fleet Street via single storey pedestrian bridges. The bridges will greatly improve pedestrian flow around the campus.

“The key requirement for the building is to improve the college facilities for students and staff within a contemporary building that makes reference to the heritage of the town.”

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