Green Light For College Rebuild

Work will begin shortly on City of Bath College’s multi-million pound transformation after council planners gave the scheme the go-ahead.

The £5million project will see the College’s Kings
Building demolished and replaced with a new state-of-the-art entrance building
on James Street West and Avon Street. Enabling work is expected to start on site in early February and
the new building could be open by November 2011. The building will provide a bespoke reception area for students
and visitors and see all of the College’s Student Services housed in one
area. It will have new hair and beauty salons and a dedicated Higher
Education centre to cater for the increasing number of HE students studying at
the College. There will also be a new College shop selling a range of
products, from stationery and computer software to drinks and snacks.

The new three-storey building will have an attractive design and
will link with the existing Macaulay Building on the first and second floors.

 Matt Atkinson, College Principal, said: “I’m
delighted that this exciting project has been given the go-ahead by planners
and I’m hopeful that initial enabling works can begin in early February.

 “This is an ambitious new building project which will
provide a range of excellent new facilities for our students and bring all
College staff together on to one campus.

 “Once completed, the new building will bring a huge range
of benefits to our students and staff, and in turn provide a real boost to the
city of Bath.