College raises the bar for learning

Tresham College's impressive new multi-million pound campus is taking shape as other parts of the country are facing swingeing education cuts.

This week the Government cancelled Labour's school building programme, suspending projects for 715 new schools in the latest round of cuts.

But work on the new campus in Oakley Road, Corby, started in November last year, safeguarding the future of education and skills development for young people in the north of the county.

The 30m college, being built by BAMS Construction on the site of the former Corby Community College, will provide courses in construction, mechanical and vehicle engineering, catering and hair and beauty, and other vocational courses.

The project comes at a time when other educational schemes are being axed.

The announcement by the Government on Monday revealed that 706 new school buildings and services that already have contracts signed will go ahead, but 715 more will be scrapped.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said the building projects had been hit by overspends, delays and bureaucracy.

It's a different story in Corby where Tresham's new campus is right on target for its August 2011 completion.

And as its enormous steel frame is finished, it is already winning praise.

Alan Bell, project manager for BAM Construction at the Corby site, said: "It will be a landmark building."

"It will be a college the town can be proud of and a first class educational facility for the area at a time when other projects are being cut."

Mark Silverman, college chief executive said: "This building is already impressive and once complete will attract and keep students in the county who will want to come and learn here."

Jonathan Finney, of Snatch Hill in Corby, said: "It looks very modern and state of the art.

"It is something else to put Corby on the map."

Father of two, Andrew Miller of Barton Seagrave said: "I think it will be good for improving education in both towns, they're only down the road from each other so people from Kettering won't have far to go if their course is in Corby.

"It'll be good for both communities."

Tresham is already an award winner

The new 30m Tresham College in Corby is the first building in the town to win an accolade for being environmentally-friendly – and it's still being built.

The campus in Oakley Road has been awarded BREEAM excellence status.

BREEAM is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings.

Alan Bell, project manager for BAM Construction's Midlands region, which is building the college, said: "BREEAM monitors the construction process and the building to measure how eco-friendly it is and its impact on the local environment.

"The college is the first building in Corby to gain excellence status."

A scoring system is used to assess the design, construction and management of buildings.

The new college incorporates solar panels, biomass boilers and a water recycling system.