Plans For New £15m College To Go On Show

Plans for the £15 million development of Ashdown Technology College are going on show to the local community.

Parents and local residents will be able to view detailed proposals and see how the school could look from 2013 by visiting a special drop-in event at the Ashdown Technology College's Community Hall on Wednesday 16 February 2011, between 2pm and 8pm.

Drawings and computer generated images of the proposed designs will be on display and people will have the chance to talk with council officers and representatives from Balfour Beatty, the appointed contractors, about the project. 

Outline planning consent for the £15million building programme at Ashdown Technology College was granted in November 2009. Following the development of more detailed proposals for the scheme, an application for approval of reserved matters to the outline consent will be submitted in March.

The proposals include plans to demolish some existing school buildings, refurbish others and build a new two-storey extension.

The whole school will be arranged around a "street" layout to improve circulation and increase natural light. A new public plaza will link the new building to Adastral Road, signalling the school's place at the heart of the community.

The £15 million project is central to the council's plans to change the age of transfer for children entering secondary education in 2013, providing space required for the school to accommodate an additional year group.

Laura Dagnall, Chair of Governors at Ashdown Technology College, said:

"Parents, governors, students, teachers and the wider community have been fully involved in the development of designs and in the bidding process over the last 18 months. We are now at an exciting and crucial phase in the programme and welcome public views to make sure we provide a building that is a true asset to the local community."

Feedback received at the event will be taken into consideration prior to submitting the planning application.

Construction of the new and refurbished facilities at Ashdown Technology College will commence in the summer holidays, with completion planned for 2013.