College Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Learning Facilities

26 March 2024

Bournemouth and Poole College proudly announced today the start of construction to transform its Bournemouth campus into a world-class learning environment, at a groundbreaking event that gathered esteemed guests and community leaders.

College Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Learning Facilities

The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the college’s commitment to provide some of the highest-quality education facilities in the country, following the multi million pound investment from the government’s Further Education Capital Transformation Fund.

The event symbolised the beginning of a journey to deliver increased opportunities for future learners.

The project includes a new four-storey building and refurbishment works. New facilities will contain teaching space to provide a modern teaching environment for courses in media, digital, business, travel, hair, beauty, hospitality, catering and sport. New amenities will support the local community including a restaurant and salons. The new building will be net zero carbon in operation, in line with the DfE’s latest output specification requirements, and will incorporate air source heat pump technology and photovoltaic panels on the roof, making it thermally efficient. 

The historic landmark Clock Tower Building will go under wraps for 18 months for a full heritage restoration.

Phil Sayles, Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College, said: “We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey as we break ground on our state-of-the-art learning facilities. This project represents our unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience that equips students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their lives and careers.”

“The work will future-proof the buildings on our Bournemouth Campus until the end of the century, and represents a huge vote of confidence in Bournemouth.”

The Department for Education is managing the transformational programme together with construction partners, Kier.

Cheryl Parsons, Regional Director at Kier Construction Southern, said: “We are excited to begin creating this high spec campus that will provide modern facilities for students and the local community. We are working closely with Bournemouth and Poole College to deliver a first-class teaching space in the heart of town that will enrich the learning experience of students for generations to come.”

The construction is due to be completed by 2026. The college remains committed to minimising disruptions and ensuring a seamless transition for students and staff throughout the construction process.