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Artist Impressions Released For £27M Campus

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Yesterday, Warrington Collegiate unveiled the artist impressions of its new campus during a visit by Dr Kim Howells, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education. The new campus is to be located at the Winwick Road campus of the Collegiate and “will underpin the College’s plans to deliver personalized vocational learning,” said Principal Paul Halfren.

The £27 million structure will be made of glass and brick and will feature environmentally friendly energy systems. This project is set to revolutionize educational facilities in Warrington and is currently the largest development of its kind within the city. The College aims to have the campus completed by April 2006 and opened the following September term.

Financed with significant support from the government through the Cheshire and Warrington LSC and the Northwest Regional Development Agency, enthusiasm is running high about the redevelopment. “The rebuilding of Warrington Collegiate is part of an ambitious strategy to ensure the College is the major provider of vocational education and training in Warrington,” says Halfren.

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With work beginning in December, the first phase of the new campus will be a Technology Centre, which should be finished by June 2005. Many view the new campus of Warrington Collegiate as an exciting development that will add greater depth to its already strong vocational learning programs. “[The new campus] will underpin the College’s plans to deliver personalized vocational learning, support Warrington businesses and help strengthen the communities in Warrington,” furthered Halfren.

“We are looking forward to a new era and we can be confident we are building on strong foundations,” commented Colin Daniels, chairman of Governor at Warrington Collegiate. Future plans for the College include the creation of additional sports facilities at Beaumont School, a specialist sports college, in partnership with Warrington Wolves.

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