Work starts on Derby College's new £10m campus in Ilkeston
WORK has started on Derby College's new £10 million Ilkeston campus on the site of the former magistrates' court in the town centre.
An official ground-breaking ceremony will be carried out on the site in Pimlico at 3pm tomorrow by college principal Mandie Stravino .
She said: "The multi-million pound investment will enable students to gain the valuable work and life skills that are so vital in these demanding economic times, both for themselves as individuals and for local employers."
Heage-based construction company Bowmer & Kirkland – the company that handled the £48 million construction and refurbishment of the college's Roundhouse campus in Pride Park in Derby – has been appointed to carry out the project.
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The Ilkeston project had caused some controversy in the town because it could only go ahead using money from the sale of the college's Field Road campus to allow a Morrisons supermarket to be built.
A lengthy debate took place on the issue at an Erewash Borough Council planning meeting in October, when councillors ignored their officers' recommendation to turn down the application for a supermarket on the site over worries that there would be too much retail competition in Ilkeston.
The college is due to close the Field Road campus at the end of term in December with staff and students moving into accommodation on the new campus in January 2014.
The Field Road site has been sold to developers St James Securities and work will start next year on the new retail store and petrol station, as well as 39 new private and social housing homes.
A wide range of vocational courses will be based at the new Ilkeston campus, which will accommodate more than 800 students and staff. Courses will include construction, engineering, hair and beauty and care with some associated A-level courses and apprenticeship training provision.
An information evening for prospective students to find out more about the courses on offer and the new facilities will be held at the campus in Field Road on Thursday, February 28, between 5.30pm and 8pm.
Ms Stravino said: "There has been a great deal of interest from prospective students who will start their courses at Field Road in September and then move to the new campus in January."