The future of education in Sunderland – first glimpse of new £22million college campus

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SUNDERLAND College has released images of what its new £22million development will look like.

Work on the new buildings at the Bede Campus started earlier this year, and the pictures show for the first time how the new sports and performing arts facilities will look in relation to the existing Bede building, built in 1927.

Due to open in September next year, the state-of-the-art buildings will include a range of the very latest facilities.

One will be an arts academy for dance, drama, music, media, 
photography, art and design courses.

It will include recording studios, a film-screening suite, dance, drama and media studios, green rooms, art, textiles and design studios, film processing and dark rooms, as well as the latest computer facilities and teaching studios.

The other will be a sports academy, which will house top-class facilities such as a sports science laboratory, fitness suites, treatment room and a four- court sports hall, as well as fully-equipped teaching areas fitted out with the latest digital and wireless technology.

College principal Anne Isherwood said: “For the first time, these pictures bring to life the fantastic new facilities that the college will be able to offer to 
students from across the North East.

“It’s an ambitious project that everyone at the college is incredibly proud of.

“We’re committed to quality and determined to provide students with the best learning environment available.

“These new facilities will help us ensure our ambition is fulfilled.”

The ‘photorealistic’ images have been produced by the project architects to give a as-true-to-life picture as possible of how the finished buildings will look.

Once completed, the two buildings will welcome an estimated 1,200 students a year.

Each of the three-storey buildings will include sustainability features, such as locally-sourced materials, photovoltaic panels, maximisation of natural light and natural ventilation.

It is also expected the build will create a number of apprenticeship opportunities for students at Sunderland College.

BAM Construct was given the job of building the two new academies at the Durham Road site. Work included several buildings being demolished to make way for the new academies.

Work will also include landscaping the surrounding area, widening roads and resurfacing the car park.