Tresham’s plans to develop a new £16m facility at its Wellingborough campus have moved a step closer after securing funding.
The cash boost was announced after the Minister for Communities and Local Government Penny Mordaunt MP visited the county on Thursday to sign a £119m growth deal for Northamptonshire.
Following persistent lobbying by Tresham’s principal Stuart Wesselby and the college’s leadership team, the college was allocated a grant of £11.4m towards the campus development as part of the Local Growth Fund deal.
When complete, the new campus will provide learning opportunities for up to 1,000 young people and adults in the town, offering subjects such as construction, engineering, art and design as well as a science, technology, engineering and maths centre.
Mr Wesselby said: “I am really pleased that after three years of hard work and planning that we have finally secured the funding to proceed with our fantastic project in Wellingborough.
“This will be the final piece in the Tresham jigsaw following our new campus developments in Corby and Kettering.
“Not only is this great news for the college but it is also great news for the young people of Wellingborough who will be able to learn within a state-of-the-art campus in a town centre location preparing them with the skills they need for work.
“We will now use the experience and knowledge gained from developing our previous schemes to move the plans from the drawing board on to site and we are hoping to be able to begin work as soon as possible.”
The news came following the decision from the Department for Education that the college’s consortia approach to developing a free school in Wellingborough had been turned down.
Chief executive of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Jo Lappin said: “I am delighted that NEP’s Growth Deal has now been confirmed, providing the green light for major projects like Tresham College’s new Wellingborough campus to go ahead.
“The college’s new campus will play an important role in providing Wellingborough’s young people with the skills needed by our local employers.
“I am particularly pleased that there will be a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, which are key requirements in the 21st century workplace.”
Wellingborough Council leader Paul Bell said: “We’re really pleased that funding has been secured.
“There are several major residential and commercial developments due to start in the borough over the coming years, and as the number of people living and working here increases it’s incredibly important that there are facilities available to train people for local jobs.
“An increased number of students choosing Wellingborough will also benefit our local economy and play an integral part in our redevelopment plans to create a vibrant and thriving town centre.
“We’re delighted Tresham has committed to Wellingborough and we look forward to seeing work start on this exciting project as soon as possible.”