Barrow Sixth Form College transformed from the inside out
Last updated at 16:27, Thursday, 12 September 2013
A COLLEGE’S £1.75m internal transformation has received a big thumbs-up from students, staff and parents.
Barrow Sixth Form College has opened with yet more revamped facilities.
During the summer, the college, in Rating Lane, has refurbished its physics lab, art and design studio, design and technology workshop, theatre and sports hall roofing.
The university-like Learning Hub was introduced last year, replacing the old social area. The modernised space and the library have also been improved further with the introduction of study booths.
The purpose-built sixth form missed out on the-then Learning and Skills Council funding for a new building in 2008 along with hundreds of other institutions. But over the last few years it has gradually been undergoing an internal facelift with grants from the Education Funding Agency and the college’s own resources.
It now also boasts cafe culture-type learning areas, a cafeteria with modern furniture and mood lights, more colour and break-out spaces.
The first project was The Quad, which turned an outdoor courtyard into a learning space thanks to funding from Cumbria County Council.
College bosses say ex-students and the community are surprised by the new-look features.
Alan Eccles, the college’s director of finance and estates, said: “The work has virtually all been internal. People drive past and see the facade of a 1979 building, but internally it’s dramatically different, right from the reception. We are very proud. It looks like somewhere where you want to come to study.”
Mr Eccles said the introduction of LED lighting has brightened up college and is more cost-effective.
Student Lydia Howard, of Ulverston, said: “The Learning Hub is a really good facility, it’s much better than how it was as the old social area – you can actually work in here. Overall the college looks much better; it’s much brighter. It encourages you to want to stay in college to work.”
Tours can be arranged by contacting the college reception.
First published at 16:06, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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