New £17m college building is study in modernity

STUDENTS walking into a new college building in Bridlington this September will be impressed by its "sheer modernity",according to bosses.

Contractors Wates have now handed over the 17m East Riding College.

John Doris, the college's director of resources, said: "The sheer modernity stands out. We have moved down the route of having less books and more PCs than ever. There's 78 PCs in the new library compared to about 50.

"There's about 500 machines throughout the building and we now have a much greater proportion of IT facilities to students than ever before."

Mr Doris said the college had had greater levels of interest than in previous years and it was expecting around 500 students aged 16 to 18, who study a range of vocational courses on the new site, including construction and engineering students who used to be based four miles away at Carnaby. "At the end of the day it's about raising aspirations and improving education in Bridlington and the greater Bridlington area," he added.

People can have a look round on three open days – on Saturday, August 22, from 10am to 1pm, Thursday, August 27, from 2pm to 7pm and Friday, August 28, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be a formal opening in November.

Mr Doris said bosses had "not given up" on plans to relocate the college on Gallows Lane, Beverley to Flemingate, despite the funding meltdown at the Learning and Skills Council.

New plans being discussed with East Riding Council and the developers are looking at cutting total costs by around 20 per cent.

As a result the relocation of the trade union studies and music facilities, part of the campus in St James Street in Hull would not happen in the first phase.