Sunderland College plans further expansion

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COLLEGE bosses are hoping to create more space to teach construction students.

Sunderland College’s plans to put a new building on its Hylton Skills Campus site will be discussed by members at a Sunderland City Council planning meeting tonight.

The proposed two-storey building on the North Hylton Road site will provide additional space for the college’s construction trade courses, including engineering, welding, plumbing and electrical installation.

The building will be on the western car park next to the existing Beechwood Building.

The ground floor will provide engineering, welding and fabrication teaching, while the first floor will be for plumbing and electrical lessons.

The proposed building will provide space for 11 classes of 24 students each, and will be open until about 9pm so evening classes can be held.

Councillors are recommended by planning officers to approve the planning application, subject to a number of conditions, including work being carried out within a reasonable period of time, materials need to be approved, and a travel plan has to be put in place.

If given the go-ahead, the building will result in the loss of 21 parking spaces at the campus.

Travel company Nexus claims this could potentially lead to an increase in parking outside the bounds of the college. It has asked that parking controls and enforcement be put in place in the area surrounding the college, particularly Redcar Road and Maplewood Avenue.

The extension at the Hylton Campus is part of a £22million investment in new buildings by Sunderland College.

Last week, Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig cut the turf for work to begin on development at the college’s Bede Campus.

Two new centres of excellence for sports and performing arts are being created at the Durham Road site.

These new facilities will include a sports science lab, fitness suites, a treatment room, a four court sports hall as well as studios for dance, drama, music, media and photography.

Developer BAM Construction will carry out the work, which is expected to create a number of apprenticeships for students at the college, and these facilities are expected to be open by September 2014.