A £8 million building plan is under way at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus in Morley, which will create new facilities for students and safer access for pedestrians and vehicles.
It will include a learning resource centre with a reception, refectory, library and classrooms.
Ground preparation work was carried out over the summer and construction work has now begun on a wide range of new facilities which are due for completion by the end of May 2013. There has also been additional work to improve the land-based courses’ resources.
New facilities on the site will also include a new sports centre with a state of the art fitness gym and indoor sports facilities The buildings are all working towards Breeam excellent standard – using sustainable materials and construction features.
Work already completed at Broomfield Hall in time for the start of the academic year has included the opening of a new access road from the driveway to the main car park, Food Hub and Little Explorers day nursery as part of the wider work on the site to provide safer movement for vehicles and pedestrians.
Two sports pitches, including a main pitch created to Academy level standard, have been created which have been overseen and supported by Sport England. Both have been levelled and grassed with specialist turf and will be ready for use next year.
Top farm has seen further expansion with the addition of further livestock housing and feed storage. The recently erected cattle housing has now been complemented by the completion of accommodation for the lambing of the College’s sheep flock.
And further facilities at the indoor equine arena opened earlier this year have included an office and two classrooms with mirrored glass viewing areas to the arena.
Derby College Principal Mandie Stravino explained: “The work at Broomfield has been a major challenge – not least due to the environmental considerations on the site, the growing student numbers and the numbers of the general public who visit the Food Hub and Little Explorers on the site.
“The estates team and contractors are working closely with an expert ecologist to ensure works are carried out and are compliant with the requirements and permissions of planning and in accordance with Natural England.
“We are very much looking forward to opening these new facilities next year as part of our wider development strategy to ensure staff and students across the College benefit from 21st century learning resources.”