New £7.5 million university building planning application submitted

The college will find out by April whether it has won planning consent for the development.

Ambitious plans for a new £7.5 million university building at Farnborough College of Technology have been submitted for approval.

The college, in Boundary Road, announced last March that it hoped to build a new university centre on campus to establish itself as a provider of higher education.

In December a planning application was submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council - now the college has revealed more details.

The 2,500sq/m two-storey building will house a learning resource centre for the college – to be used by its 5,000 students – a cafe and a classroom space for the teaching of more than 40 higher education courses.

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College principal Christine Slaymaker told Get Hampshire: “This new building will make an impressive entrance to the campus.

“It will establish our commitment to offering higher education degrees in first class accommodation. University Centre Farnborough will continue the already exceptional work we are doing in this field of education.”

The new £7.5 million building will be funded by the college.

A report from Nicholas Hare Architects, who have been assigned to work on the development, said: “While the college is a great place to be inside, it is not so good to approach from the outside or to enter.

“It has that in common with many distinguished post-war campuses.

“While this was not so important when the campuses were conceived, as self-contained educational communities, it has become much more so because of much greater interaction with the world outside.”

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The report went on to say: “The issue of how the college manifests itself is clearly vital.

"At present, visitors approaching down Farnborough Road – as most of them will – notice the college, if at all, as a sign on the corner.

“It might seem natural then to turn into Sycamore Road, rather than continuing along to Boundary Road and approaching from the south.

“The brief for the university centre called for a new building that will confidently announce the presence of a high quality educational establishment, and at the same time show that its main entrance is on the northern approach side.”

Farnborough College of Technology, accredited by the University of Surrey, offers higher education and some post graduate courses as well as A-levels, diplomas foundation degrees.

In March 2009, the college also built an Aerospace and Automotive Academy which cost £6.7 million.

A decision on the planning application is due to be made by the council by March 24.

Source: GetHampshire

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