Burnley to progress £12.5m college expansion

September 3, 2022

A land deal that will pave the way for a development aimed at attracting an additional 2,000 students to the town is expected to be signed off early next week. 

Burnley Council’s executive will meet next Monday to agree the disposal of 5.5 acres to Burnley College to facilitate the expansion. 

Under plans approved in January, the college will redevelop part of Stoneyholme Recreation Ground, a site adjacent to the Princess Way college.

The £12.5m project would comprise 100,000 sq ft of new education space across three buildings. The Industry Hub, for which full consent was secured last month, would offer 20,000 sq ft of accommodation and be delivered in phase one. 

Two further four-to-five-storey buildings totalling 86,000 sq ft would be constructed in phase two, having secured outline consent. 

As well as the buildings, the expansion project features a five-a-side pitch, a multi-use games area and an outdoor gym facility. ABW Architects advised Burnley College on the proposals alongside Smith & Love Planning Consultants.

It is anticipated that a completed scheme will attract an estimated 2,000 additional students to Burnley, offering courses in engineering, construction, digital and health science. 

“The lack of digital expertise and training represents a major challenge for engineering and advanced manufacturing companies in our borough,” said Cllr Sue Graham, the council’s executive member for resources and performance management. “The college has built close links with employers which it wants to build on. This scheme will allow it to achieve that.”

Karen Buchanan, principal of Burnley College, added: “Burnley College is proud to play an integral role at the very heart of the business community and is looking forward to expanding this involvement still further through this exciting new development.

“From the latest digital skills to net-zero technology, we are committed to offering targeted training to future-proof business and creating a dynamic and resilient workforce all within a campus which is a real asset to the community for generations to come.”