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New building for Cardinal Newman College proposed

EXPANSION: CGI image of a proposed extension to Cardinal Newman College. The college has applied to build a new four-storey teaching block to accommodate  an increasing number of students

EXPANSION: CGI image of a proposed extension to Cardinal Newman College. The college has applied to build a new four-storey teaching block to accommodate an increasing number of students

A city college is looking to expand with a new four storey teaching block.

Cardinal Newman College has applied for the new building and an extension to accommodate increased student numbers.

And it is hoped the new block will provide state of the art seminar rooms, learning areas and offices for teaching staff.

Principal Nick Burnham said: “It has been a year full of success for students and staff at Cardinal Newman College.

“The college has topped local and national league tables on numerous occasions alongside becoming a Cambridge University Hub for Lancashire.

“Due to the college success, Cardinal Newman has continued to grow in popularity with students, which has led to the extension of their college facilities.

“The college has submitted an application for planning permission to construct a brand new teaching building on the vacant land adjacent to its existing college campus buildings on Lark Hill.

“The new build will boast state of the art classrooms and open learning centres to support students in their personal study time.”

Detailed plans have been lodged with Preston Council, proposing the demolition of part of St Mary’s building, and a new building to provide college accommodation. If approved, the new four storey block will be built on the site of the former Kings Tavern pub, and will provide 13 new seminar rooms or classrooms, open learning areas, office accommodation for teaching staff, a quiet study area, ancillary facilities and plant rooms.

Application proposals said the building would accommodate the geography, history and psychology departments.

A planning statement from agents Walsingham Planning said the current need for more space was because of increased demand, changes in education, increased popularity of particular subjects, changes at other institutions and changes in government funding.

It said: “Cardinal Newman College is ranked in the top one per cent of all schools and colleges nationally and in January 2014 it was ranked the best college in Lancashire.

“It also received an outstanding OFSTED Report in 2009.

“Unsurprisingly, its success and reputation has resulted in increased demand for places year on year and more students want to attend the college.”

The statement said there had been a surge in demand for courses in history, geography and psychology and said: “Existing classrooms are not large enough to accommodate the number of students on these courses in a single class resulting in the splitting of classes.

“This is clearly very inefficient and it leads to timetabling and staffing difficulties.”

The agent said it was “indisputable” that there was a “clear and genuine” need for the development.

 

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