Forest of Dean £14m College Campus Plans Unveiled
Plans for a new £14m further education campus development have been unveiled by Gloucestershire College. Subject to planning permission, construction will begin in the Cinderford Northern Quarter in the Forest of Dean next spring, with completion by August 2015. Ground investigation work is set to start soon. The results of the ground investigation will be used to inform a detailed planning application due to be submitted by the college next year.
The designs show the 7,200 square metre development will comprise of three distinct elements: a vocational training college; a sixth form centre; and a central hub providing dining, social and teaching functions for the college and local community. The proposed independent sixth form college is being jointly developed and run by Gloucestershire College and Dene Magna School. The plans form part of a wider regeneration of Cinderford Northern Quarter.
The designs feature large panels of glazing to maximise the views over adjacent lakes and surrounding forest, as well providing natural daylight. The plans are supported by the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), which is working with the college and its partners to bring forward the education-led Northern Quarter project.
HCA head of area David Warburton said: “It’s great to see plans forming for an exciting new college development for the Forest of Dean. This is a positive step towards bringing new facilities, investment and opportunities to the district.”