College invests in UniQ with state-of-the-art sports complex
Stoke on Trent College has announced a major new investment in its Cauldon Campus which is part of Stoke on Trent’s University Quarter.
The new investment, amounting to £4M will see the construction of a state-of-the-art indoor sports hall, fitness suite and aerobics facilities which will replace the College’s existing sports building.
Work on the new facilities will begin in October 2012 and is expected to be completed by August 2013. The ultra-modern site will ensure an even wider range of sports activities to be undertaken on campus for students and local people.
College Principal Sarah Robinson said: “These marvellous new facilities will help us to expand and enhance our curriculum for sports students but will also provide improved facilities for both students and the public”.
“The building will be constructed on College Road replacing the existing Council depot site opposite Hanley Park.
Working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council the College will also be taking an active role in the management of outdoor sports facilities in the park to benefit students and the local community.
This will help ensure the longer term future of the park for which Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and it will enable restoration and improvement works to take place.
Colin Briley, Executive Director of Finance and Resources at Stoke on Trent College added: “Overall the College’s plans are part of a £6million investment in improvements and enhancements to its campuses at both Cauldon and Burslem.
“The Cauldon sports facilities will complement the College’s Lifestyle building which provides leading skills and training in Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care and Hospitality.
“At Burslem the improvements mark the first stage of a strategic plan to redevelop and reconfigure the existing highly regarded Construction, Engineering, Media and Performing Arts faculties”.
Overall the developments will enhance the City’s University Quarter (UniQ) offer which covers the whole of the area from the new Sixth Form College through the existing University buildings to Stoke on Trent College and on into the city centre, taking in both Cauldon and Hanley Parks.