Plans to re-launch the Wellingborough campus of Tresham College have potentially been given the green light.
The Bedford Group was recommended for East Midlands’ Strategic Economic Partnership (SEMLEP) Skills Capital Fund.
The Bedford College Group, who owns Tresham, submitted a proposal to complete a full refurbishment of buildings and improve access at the Wellingborough campus which has been approved, subject to final independent risk assessment and due diligence.
Once the improvements are made it is hoped that the college can receive students on additional courses in 2020. Currently the college runs courses in motor vehicle technology on site, but will be running additional courses at a temporary site from September 2019.
Tresham campus is located in Church Street an area earmarked for improvement under the second phase of the council’s regeneration plans. Church Street is a key gateway to the town centre, boasting great transport links and good access to the shops. The proposed improvements to the Tresham campus will keep an education facility in Wellingborough.
Councillor Martin Griffiths said: “The new education facilities will help provide a much needed further education site for not only the borough, but neighbouring districts too. Retaining a college in a town centre location will help to promote access by public transport and assist in the future vitality of the town centre. It will also encourage the student population to access other services.”
The Borough Council of Wellingborough fully engages with its SEMLEP colleagues on initiatives to promote growth and opportunities both within the borough and wider across the region.
This is one of three successful project proposals, submitted by Milton Keynes College, The Bedford College Group and Northampton College. The funding is subject to final independent risk assessment and due diligence, with a final decision to be taken at the SEMLEP Board meeting later this year.
Councillor Griffiths added: “The council will look to work with its local businesses to address the skills and employment issues throughout the borough, with an aim of trying to achieve more inward investment and economic activity to promote regeneration and increase productivity.”
Previous schemes have seen funding brought into the borough, such as the Leyland Trading Estate scheme.