Wellingborough's Tresham campus on schedule for September opening despite lockdown

"We cannot wait to welcome in our students"

Wellingborough's Tresham campus is on schedule for its September opening and should help the town's economic recovery after lockdown.

The 1,000 staff and students who will be joining the newly refurbished Wellingborough campus of Tresham College in September will be more important than ever in boosting the local economy.

Ian Pryce CBE, principal and chief executive of The Bedford College Group, which has undertaken the £10 million project to modernise the tower block and ground level site, said: “We cannot wait to welcome in our students.

"Despite all the challenges of the lockdown our estates team and their contractors have kept the refurbishment on schedule and we will be open for business in September.

“The world has changed beyond measure since we started the building work but our mission remains the same and is more important than ever before.

“We are here to offer world class training and educational opportunities to young people seeking their first jobs and their friends and family who new skills in the wake of the Covid crisis.

“Online open days are going to be held this month and people can already take a virtual tour of the new look campus via our website.”

Overlooking Wellingborough's new Tresham campus and the town centre

Wellingborough campus is part of Tresham College which merged with Bedford College to form The Bedford College Group in 2017.

The group was awarded £7.5 million from the SEMLEP Local Growth Fund skills capital investment programme for the Wellingborough project.

Amid changes to local Government roles, Cllr Martin Griffiths, a SEMLEP Board member, has been behind the Wellingborough project from the start.

He said: “This is one of the most significant developments to take place in Wellingborough for many years, which will provide residents with access to further education here in Wellingborough.

“Councillors and officers have been working closely with colleagues at Tresham College, and SEMLEP which has provided funding of £7.5million through the Local Growth Fund, to deliver this ambitious project and I would like to thank everyone involved.

“I look forward to seeing this brand new facility being fully open in September which will complement the regeneration of our town centre, and the high-quality redevelopment will enhance this area of the town.

“The college will play a crucial role in our town’s economic recovery from the current pandemic but providing opportunities for our residents, and encouraging visitors to our town.”

To take a look around the new campus, click here for our picture gallery.

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