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EVOLUTION CENTRE: Work progresses on college campus redevelopment in St Albans

 Published on: 2nd December 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

The second phase of redevelopment of the Oaklands College Smallford campus in St Albans is well on the way to delivering a brand-new teaching block.

This block supported by a £2.5m Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will be called the Evolution Centre and will include 49 new classrooms, staff offices and facilities to house Pathway 4 special needs provision.

Phase Two is part of the wider £62million four phase development for the campus, with the construction of the residential Homestead building concluded in the summer.

Oaklands College principal Zoe Hancock said the new block will be a great learning environment for students and staff.

She said: “We now look ahead to the second phase of the redevelopment, the Evolution Centre, which will occupy a central area of the campus and create an exciting and engaging new learning and teaching environment for our students and staff.

“We are really pleased to have received financial support from Hertfordshire LEP. The Evolution Centre will be a central hub for technical, academic and vocational education. It will transform the learning experience for our students, and we are really looking forward to its completion in Autumn 2021.”

Hertfordshire LEP has invested an additional £2.5m from the Local Growth Fund towards Phase Three, due to begin in 2021. 

This entails the creation of a new sports pavilion adjacent to the college’s sports pitches to house new changing rooms, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy areas, as well as a new construction teaching centre containing industry-standard workshops for construction students.

Picture credit: Oaklands College

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