Residents give views

Residents are invited to offer their views

RESIDENTS have been invited by Stoke-on-Trent College to come into their Burslem campus on Wednesday 5th December and offer their views on a £4 million pound refurbishment of the site.

The investment follows the successful bid to host a second Studio College focussing on Manufacturing and Design Engineering which is sponsored by Stoke on Trent College in partnership with Haywood Engineering College and is set to open on the Burslem site in Moorland Road in September 2013.

It is intended to create a new partnership between education, training and employers to support the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors and the high technology ceramics sector.

Yvonne Kelly, Executive Director of the Burslem campus, said:

“The work represents a significant investment in the upgrading of the Burslem campus, specifically the A Block which fronts Moorland Road. The redevelopment is to support the establishment of the second studio college and upgrade the facilities provided for the students on campus including a state of the art engineering centre along with the college restaurant, reception area and classrooms. It will also mean an improvement in the total energy efficiency of the building. The changes will improve the exterior of the building and look a great deal better for visitors as well as those people driving and walking past. There will also be significant improvements to the landscaping on site as well and provide a more welcoming feel to the college. It’s remodelling rather than demolishing anything on site, but it will make the building far more accessible and user friendly for everyone. With that in mind we sent out letters to around 100 residents in Moorland Road to invite them into college as we welcome their feedback on the proposed designs and to be on hand to listen to any concerns they may have.”

Simon Ford from EllisWilliams Architects, who have been commissioned to work on the plan, said:

“The current building dates back to the 1950s and although the reception is being completely moved, essentially we are upgrading the frontage so from the point of view of residents along Moorland Road it will look like a new building. It will be re clad and there will be new windows and more sustainable solutions used inside to improve energy efficiency, such as improved heating systems and motion sensitive lighting. Noise and disruption will be kept to a minimum as there will still be students and staff on site, and there will also be constant communication between the main contractor and the residents as to what is happening. So far we have done an initial consultation with the local planning authority and we have had very positive feedback.”

A planning proposal for the refurbishment is set to be submitted on December 10, and if successful, would mean work could begin on site in January 2013 ready for completion for the new college intake in September 2013.

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