A 20,450 sq ft industrial hub and three educational buildings on six acres of former playing fields along the River Calder are being plotted by the further education provider.
The expansion site is adjacent to the college’s current campus on Princess Way, sitting just to the north of the school’s car park.
Working with ABW Architects and Smith & Love Planning Consultants, the college has divided its £12.5m expansion into two phases. Phase one includes the industry hub, which would have a mixture of workshops and learning spaces. The local industry would have access to the facilities and equipment as well.
Provided plans are approved, the college aims to complete this phase in November 2022.
Phase two would see the creation of three educational buildings and a car park, which has led the college to designate the expansion site as the North Campus. That phase will also include replacing a bridge to provide access to the college from Holme Road.
The North Campus will aim to be a “haven with buildings in soft landscape, where proximity to nature becomes part of the student experience at Burnley College,” according to the planning application.
The scheme aims to preserve and increase the number of trees on its perimeter and to increase biodiversity through its landscaping plans.
Identity Consult is the project manager.
Burnley College is already in the midst of another expansion project: building a new teaching building and sports centre extension. Preston-based John Turner is handling the construction of that $6m project.