Varndean College won unanimous support from Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee for development proposals to improve their campus for students, as part of a seven-year masterplan to improve their educational facilities [7 June].
The proposals, designed by ECE Architecture, include new high-quality teaching space, a new entrance building with a student café, improved communal space, with enhanced accessibility across the campus for students and staff with mobility issues.
Plans include a new sports hall, which can also be used by local community sports groups. Buildings will be designed with low carbon in mind, and landscape enhancements include tree planting and links to local wildlife corridors.
“We are delighted that we will now be able to enhance our facilities and use our beautiful estate to its best advantage for our students and for our community and keep sustainability at our core,” said Donna-Marie Janson, Principal of Varndean College.
“This will allow us a better chance to win Government funding grants to improve our buildings and facilities in a phased approach, allowing us to make significant improvements so that we can continue to deliver a superb learning experience for our thousands of young and adult students.”
Varndean College is one of the principal further education providers in Brighton & Hove, providing GCSE, A-Level, vocational qualifications and the prestigious International Baccalaureate to 16-18 year olds, together with adult education courses for the local community.
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