Cumbria Council agrees deal with college

Carlisle College has secured additional facilities at the former North Cumbria Technology College site in Harraby.

Officers at Cumbria Council worked with staff at the college about using the Edgehill Road premises, which will be vacated by the Richard Rose Central Academy when it moves into its new £31m premises on Lismore Place at Christmas.

The ground floor of the Harraby site will be taken over by Carlisle College to add to its estate while work continues on its refurbishment and new build.

The college expects to use the former academy for a period of approximately 12 months.

During its occupation, the college said the current facilities, used by the community, will remain accessible to the public. These include the theatre, library, sports hall and playing fields.

Cumbria Council's cabinet will discuss the long term options when it meets on 16 December.

Moira Tattersall, principal of Carlisle College, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to maintain and enhance our provision while our campus redevelopment takes place. We are delighted to be working with Cumbria Council on this scheme. The facilities at the former Richard Rose Central Academy will be put to good use by the college, and help ensure that community facilities and the provision of learning is maintained in Harraby. I am sure the people in the vicinity of the school will welcome our presence and we are very much looking forward to meeting our new neighbours."

Since the redevelopment of Carlisle College commenced this year, many staff have been housed in temporary accommodation, which is being reviewed.

Carlisle College's redevelopment work is costing £10m in total with funding coming from Cumbria Council, £3m, and the North West Development Agency, following the collapse of funding from the Government's learning and skills council.

The college was also successful in securing additional funding in the form of an enhanced renewal grant from the Government's skills funding agency. The additional £1m is being used to refurbish some of the facilities in the existing block D building on Carlisle College's Victoria Place site, which will remain in the new scheme.

Demolition work has been completed with the site cleared ready for Kier Construction to build the new facility for the college.

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