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Lancashire College officially opens a new teaching wing

A Chorley college has officially opened a new £600,000 teaching wing. This new extension, called the Yarrow wing, is located at Lancashire College in Southport Road. Officially opened by Steve Broomhead, chief executive of the North West Development Agency, this extension will provide six extra classrooms including an art and craft room for courses in pottery and sculpture and also includes a new learning centre for the colleges Learndirect provision.

College bosses say the new building will benefit existing and new learners and will enable them to meet their objective to increase and widen adult participation. Lancashire College principal Steve Hailstone said: “Although the majority of our courses are provided in the community in venues such as schools, libraries and community centres, we recognised the need to extend the college site. We are very grateful to the Learning and Skills Council for their contribution towards the cost of the new wing.”

The opening was well attended with both Steve Palmer, executive director of the Learning and Skills Council and Alan Whittaker, cabinet member for education, speaking.

The cost of the extension was met by £475,000 from the National Learning and Skills Council with the balance funded by Lancashire County Council. This is a big boost for the college, as it will enable it to provide better services for people with the Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire areas.

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