SIR John Deane’s College has received approval in principle for a multi-million pound revamp.
The college was given the go-ahead by the Learning and Skills Council which has agreed to fund 85% of the project.
College principal Andrew Jones, said: “We are delighted that the Learning and Skills Council has given its support to the project.
“The scheme is designed to safeguard the college’s future as a centre of excellence and is set to benefit many thousands of students who will study here in the years to come.”
The college is now working towards submitting a detailed planning application and, as part of this, is inviting local residents to a special Consultation Forum.
Close neighbours have received letters inviting them to the consultation which is due to take place on Thursday, March 13. The event will be open from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Initial proposals include demolishing existing temporary classrooms including the dance studio and art blocks, and replacing them with purpose-built ‘departmental clusters’.
The historic original Main Hall would remain to ensure the proposed new facilities would add to the legacy of period architecture.