NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the refurbished college.
PUBLISHED: 15:22 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 23 August 2010
A COLLEGE was granted £52 million for a dramatic redevelopment that was feared would never go ahead. North West Kent College was originally due to receive £79 million from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and as a result of the reduction architects
A COLLEGE was granted £52 million for a dramatic redevelopment that was feared would never go ahead.
North West Kent College was originally due to receive £79 million from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and as a result of the reduction architects have slightly modified plans.
A number of buildings that were due to be demolished and replaced, including the Miskin Theatre, Dartford, will now just be refurbished.
Some planned building work at the Dartford and Gravesend campus in Dering Way will still go ahead.
Principal Malcolm Bell said: "This is great news and we are all delighted that the LSC has ended the uncertainty we have had over modernising the college and invested in the future of the workforce in this part of the Thames Gateway regeneration area."
Two new buildings will be built at the Dartford campus at Oakfield Lane and, being visible from the A2, will symbolise the regeneration of north Kent.
A modern teaching block will replace demolished buildings on Oakfield Lane and a new building will be erected behind it to provide the best facilities possible for the School of Sports and Public Services.
Malcolm Staunton, the LSC's partnership director said: "We are delighted to have approved the rebuilding plans at North West Kent College because the project will enable more young people in the area to access high quality training in modern buildings with excellent facilities.
"I hope this will encourage more young people to stay on in education and gain valuable qualifications to improve their career prospects."
The college was one of 13 nationwide to benefit from funding worth £300million announced in April's budget.
Dartford MP Dr Howard Stoate said: "I'm delighted that NW Kent College has finally been given the green light to get started. It's a huge fillip for the college and its students.