WEST Cheshire College’s spectacular rotunda, which dominates the Ellesmere Port skyline, is on course to be ready for the 2011 academic year.
The building is as big as Liverpool’s Catholic cathedral and will provide numerous facilities for students and residents, including a restaurant, spar, hair and beauty salon, fitness suites, an art gallery, and a dance studio.
Back in the summer it was confirmed a multimillion pound redevelopment of the Ellesmere Port campus would get the go-ahead after a funding agreement was finally rubber-stamped.
The scheme had been in doubt after the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) announced it could not fund all building projects in the country, but thankfully the college was one of 13, out of a total of 180, that received crucial cash.
Deputy principal Penny Horsefield said: “There are two stages to the work. The new build will probably be complete by mid-2011, and then further towards the end of the year buildings at the back of the site will be refurbished.
“I’ve been to the top of the rotunda and it’s spectacular. You can see right across to Liverpool and the Runcorn bridge.
“There will be events going on all the time to do with the curriculum. It will raise the whole profile of education. We want people to come here, see what learning is like and sign up.
“People are stopping and asking about it, saying it’s going to be fantastic. We’re hoping from now on the work will literally roll on and go pretty smoothly.”