Vision for the future outlined for Isle College campus at Wisbech
A VISION to transform the Isle campus, Wisbech, with a high Tec engineering centre and a new regional headquarters for the county council, has been announced today.
The new two storey technology block will provide the biggest single investment at the Isle campus site since the 60s.
Savills, who have been retained by the College of West Anglia to steer through the plans, said the proposals “are central and critical to the future of this education provider and the local community”.
Included in the plans will be the demolition of two existing teaching blocks (F and H) and the erection of a 2,600 square metre, two storey complex on a disused area of grassland.
On the ground floor will be a motorsports workshop, spray booth, motor vehicle body shop, engineering workshop, office and plumbing workshop.
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The first floor includes an electrical installation workshop, toilets and plant room.
A new access road will be created within the campus off Ramnoth Road that will enable direct pedestrian and vehicle access to the technology block.
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A spokesman for Savills said: “The existing buildings have become out of step with modern educational standards and lacking energy efficiency. They are no longer capable of providing suitable accommodation for the modern curriculum.
“This had made it difficult to justify maintaining some of these buildings on a long term basis.”
Savills said the majority of the existing buildings were built in the 1950s and 1960s and have received no significant investment since.
Cambridgeshire County Council has set aside �6.5 million for a new Fenland headquarters and will bring forward an application at a later date to site it within the college grounds.
Detailed plans are now being considered by Fenland Council.