The first building in Grantham College’s £52 million redevelopment could be completed by the start of the 2017/18 academic year, now that a reserved matters application has been approved.
The development known as ‘building 20’ on the college’s masterplan, will replace the unoccupied former police houses along Stonebridge Road.These will now be demolished, along with other empty buildings that were previously a workshop and office space.
The new timber, brick and glass building will be on split levels in order to fit into the existing gradient of the land, and will link to the Grade II listed Stonebridge House and adjacent stable block, which are to remain.
In February, an outline masterplan was approved to consolidate the nine sites the college currently operates into three, located at the main campus, on Sandon Road, and on Stonebridge Road. Depending on funding, it is hoped the whole project will be achieved over the next 20 years.
The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is providing £2.8 million for this first stage, with work on site planned to start in September next year and to last 12 to 18 months. Building 20 will accommodate a business, technology, IT, media and music centre, with a multi-purpose hall and internet café.
Grantham College’s principal Linda Houtby said: “We are delighted that our plans have received approval and are grateful for the support we have received from councillors and officers of SKDC. The next stage of the process would be to submit the required information to the Greater Lincolnshire LEP to gain their approval for funding to be drawn.
“It will be an exciting development on the Stonebridge site and will provide both economic investment and an iconic building for the town.”