Permanent classrooms to be built at Havant Sixth Form college after three-year wait

PLEASED Principal John McDougall
PLEASED Principal John McDougall

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AFTER three long years a college is set to have its temporary classrooms and student common rooms in portable cabins replaced with a permanent new building.

Havant Sixth Form College has put in the £1.5m application to the borough council after being awarded just shy of £1m from the Young People’s Learning Agency.

If the application is approved, building work will start this summer and the new single-storey building that will include six classrooms, a staff workroom and a tutorial room, will open by next April.

It is good news for the college after the loss of £43m from the Learning and Skills Council in 2008 to rebuild and expand the whole campus.

The bad news came just two weeks after the deal was officially signed off.

Principal John McDougall said: ‘The new build is a welcome relief.

‘We’ve had plans for some years to develop the site to accommodate growth in our student numbers.

‘It’s great to have the opportunity to get rid of the temporary accommodation which, whilst functional, is always an eyesore.

‘In future, students approaching the college from Havant train station will be able to see an attractive new building in its place.’

The design of the building will make it possible to add a second storey if the college wins more funding in future.