SUNDERLAND College’s plans to build a new £29million flagship campus have moved a step closer after bosses submitted a planning application.
Subject to approval from Sunderland City Council, the state-of-the-art 12,500-square metre campus will be built on the land opposite Park Lane bus station, with work starting in autumn.
College chiefs said the new campus will house vocational courses transferred from its Hylton Campus for 2,000 students, and house 120 staff.
Courses will include advanced engineering, manufacturing, construction trades, automotive trades, travel and tourism, catering and hospitality.
The building will incorporate advanced engineering workshops, construction workshops, a motor vehicle workshop, aeroplane fuselage, learning resource centre and well-equipped classrooms. In addition, there will also be hair, beauty and barbering facilities, a spa, a travel agency, a bakery and a restaurant on site, all of which will be accessible to the public.
Education and council leaders say it will give the city centre’s economy a boost and attract more students in from outside the area, with the site championed for its good transport links.
Cash to cover the cost of the complex will come from the Skills Funding Agency, Sunderland City Council and the college’s own reserves.
The land has been undergoing clearance by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which owns the site.
The college has said negotiations are continuing with the HCA, which is working with partners in its plans, to ensure the best scheme is agreed for the city.