Top class campus: Tresham secures funding to build state-of-the-art facility
PLANS to provide learning opportunities for around 1,000 young people and adults in Wellingborough within a state-of-the-art facility have come a step nearer to fruition this month.
Tresham College of Further and Higher Education has been granted £11.4m towards the development of the Wellingborough campus, which will particularly focus on subjects such as construction, engineering, art & design, science, technology, engineering and maths.
Tresham’s principal, Stuart Wesselby – together with the college’s leadership team – has been persistently lobbying for the funding. He said: “We will now use the experience and knowledge gained from developing our previous schemes to move the plans from the drawing board on to site and we are hoping to be able to begin work as soon as possible.”
He added: “This will be the final piece in the Tresham jigsaw following our new campus developments in Corby and Kettering.
“Not only is this great news for the college but it is also great news for the young people of Wellingborough.”
The news came following the decision from the Department for Education that the college’s consortia approach to developing a Free School in Wellingborough had been turned down.
Jo Lappin, chief executive of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted that NEP’s Growth Deal has now been confirmed, providing the green light for major projects like Tresham College’s new Wellingborough campus to go ahead.
“The college’s new campus will play an important role in providing Wellingborough’s young people with the skills needed by our local employers. I am particularly pleased that there will be a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, which are key requirements in the 21st century workplace.”
Cllr Paul Bell, leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough said: “We’re really pleased that funding has been secured for the new Tresham campus in Wellingborough. There are several major residential and commercial developments due to start in the borough over the coming years and, as the number of people living and working here increases, it’s incredibly important that there are facilities available to train people for local jobs.
“An increased number of students choosing Wellingborough will also benefit our local economy and play an integral part in our redevelopment plans to create a vibrant and thriving town centre.
“We’re delighted Tresham has committed to Wellingborough and we look forward to seeing work start on this exciting project as soon as possible.”
Pictured above – STATE-OF-THE-ART: Artist’s impression of the Wellingborough Tresham campus.