Derby College Unveils Plans For Ilkeston
Derby College has unveiled plans for securing the future of high quality education facilities in Ilkeston.
The College is currently considering three different sites in the centre of Ilkeston to relocate the College – providing vocational training facilities for around 1,000 students aged 16 and above, and staff
To fund the new facilities, Derby College is planning to sell its current site at Field Road and is working with its development partners St James Securities to progress these plans which include a supermarket and housing.
Outline plans are being drawn up which will be subject to public consultation regarding both the plans for Field Road and for the new College site. Previously the College had been linked with the redundant Magistrates Court on New Lawn Road, which is one of the three sites now being re-examined.
Feedback from local people and businesses will then be incorporated into the plans for both sites which will be submitted for consideration by Erewash Borough Council.
If successful, the College will relocate to new premises in September 2013, to coincide with the start of the new Academic Year.
Derby College merged with South East Derbyshire College in February 2010 and has since been considering the best options for improving further education facilities in the town.
The plans for Ilkeston are part of the overall development strategy which has included extensive refurbishments at nearby Broomfield Hall and spectacular new buildings in Derby including the £48 million Roundhouse on Pride Park and the Joseph Wright Centre.
Derby College Principal and Chief Executive David Croll OBE explained: “When we merged with South East Derbyshire College, it was clear that the current site was not fit for purpose and we have been looking at the various alternatives open to us to fulfil our pledge of providing the 21st century learning facilities for students here comparable with those that are enjoyed at our other sites.
“We have of course considered the option of refurbishing the site at Field Road but have decided that, in the interests of our staff, students and for Ilkeston as a whole, the College needs to be in the heart of the town.
“This will not only benefit local businesses through the spending power of more than 1,000 staff and students but will also hopefully kick start the regeneration of the rest of the town centre with investment in a key site as has happened at our other sites in Derby.
“The relocation of the College and the investment in new vocational facilities for learners totally depends upon the successful sale and redevelopment of Field Road with the funds raised re-invested into the future of further education in Ilkeston.
“We are still looking at various options for a new College site in the town centre and, in the meantime, are progressing our plans for redeveloping Field Road.
“A combination of commercial use with the development of a supermarket coupled with a combination of private and social housing is totally appropriate for a site of this size.
“The construction and then operation of the supermarket will create much needed jobs in the town and we plan to work closely with the company when it is finalised to ensure that local people have the training and skills required to keep those jobs in this area.”
Paul Morris, Development Director at Leeds-based St James Securities said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Derby College as their development partner and look forward to working with the College in delivering the proposed relocation project.
“We aim to launch a public consultation to gain feedback from local people and talk to them more about our plans in the town in early March.”
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