Hertfordshire based construction company Willmott Dixon formally handed over an £11m Bournemouth & Poole College extension at North Road, Poole, to principal Lawrence Vincent this week. This completed a new milestone in the 100 year history of the college.
The ‘key’ was handed over on the exact day agreed in the original building contract. The extension includes a new theatre for performing arts to replace the Jellicoe Theatre in Constitution Hill. The theatre name is being retained. There are six rehearsal rooms and the building will be a base for the Wessex Youth Orchestra. There will also be four labs for health and medical sciences, a reading room and top of the range music practice facilities and student relaxation areas.
The new building which boasts energy saving design features, is in a prime position at the North Road campus and is the latest phase in a programme to upgrade all facilities. In the last three years the college, under Mr Vincent’s leadership, has seen the creation of a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) building; a new marine engineering school and a new building for the study of art and design.