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£34m project to transform Askham Bryan College
A MULTI-million pound scheme has been unveiled to transform a leading agricultural and land management college.
The £34m project at Askham Bryan College near York will see the creation of a state-of-the-art animal management centre.
It will also see new residential facilities for staff and students, a glazed quadrangle area at the heart of the campus, plus improvements to the college farm. The equine facilities would double in size, with the creation of an international standard centre.
It is estimated numbers will increase at the York campus from the current figure of 2,939 students studying on full and part time courses, to around 4,500 in three years time.
And with the college having further centres across the north of England – including Thirsk, Guisborough, Harrogate, Scarborough, Hexham and Newcastle - it is anticipated that the figure would increase overall to around 6,000.
Deputy principal Ian Harmer said: “Askham Bryan College has an enviable reputation for providing first class education for young people across the north of England and beyond.
“Our vision will enable us to offer this to far more students – we envisage that our numbers will increase substantially, and given that the plans include new student accommodation, we would also expect students from across a broader geographic area.”
He added: “Our aim is to improve and enhance the education for our students, providing work ready individuals who are very employable.
“Some 90 per cent of our students go on to find work on leaving us and creating employable young people is very much our focus.”
If planning permission is granted, the work would be undertaken in three phases, starting with the animal management centre, followed by a new equine centre with a polo field, new teaching areas, plus improvements to the farm buildings.
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