Design work begins on college revamp

Artist's impression of the new-look Fleetwood Nautical Campus
Artist's impression of the new-look Fleetwood Nautical Campus

DESIGN work has started on the new-look Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

The Fleetwood Road site is to undergo a massive revamp project which will see the exterior of the main buildings given a multi-million pound facelift.

Radical changes, including the modernisation of the halls of residence, will be made to the inside of the building.

The project is part of the first phase of Blackpool and Fylde College’s £52.5 million 10-year accommodation strategy.

The college had ambitious hopes for a brand new nautical campus in Fleetwood.

But their dreams were shattered last March when funding body the Learning and Skills Council announced cash had run out.

So instead college bosses are moving onwards and upwards by beginning work to improve the existing building. The most striking part of the changes will be the overcladding of the main teaching block with steel panels in two shades of grey and off-white to tie in with the college branding and the creation of four new teaching areas.

Work has also begun on a major £3.5m facelift at the college’s Bispham campus.

Pauline Waterhouse, principal of Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “This is the first stage of our phased redevelopment plan.

“The external appearance of the Cleveleys building will be transformed, creating a modern and welcoming look to what has become a landmark building.

“We hope the changes for the better will see increased participation, as well as creating an aspirational environment in which staff and students can engage and feel proud of.”

Work at the Bispham campus will see the appearance improved as white cladding will be installed over the existing structure with insulated aluminium panels. There will also be replacement windows, external doors and an insulated roof.