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Education: £26m Ashford College Campus opens its doors

Contributed by editor on Sep 13, 2017 - 05:15 PM



The new state-of-the-art £26 million Ashford College Campus has opened its doors for the first intake of students this week (Tuesday 12th September).


Adjoining the Ashford Memorial Gardens and just a stone’s throw from Ashford International and the town centre’s shops, services, bars and restaurants, the college, with its distinctive chromatic atrium, is the first of Ashford Borough Council’s ‘Big 8’ projects to reach completion.

The campus will accommodate over 1,000 students and over 100 staff.


Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council said: “This exciting project will realise a long held ambition of the council for a high quality learning facility, right in the heart of the town centre. It is the first of the Big 8 major projects to be delivered and will play a key part in our future prosperity.

“It is expected that the new college will increase skills levels and therefore lead to better employment opportunities for the residents of the borough whilst playing a pivotal role, alongside neighbouring development, in rejuvenating the town centre.”


Last week Ashford College welcomed the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, First Secretary of State and Conservative MP for Ashford, to tour the building.

The campus is being constructed in two phases: The completed Phase 1 – a 4,715m² teaching facility housing the general academic, vocational and creative departments and administrative facilities, whilst Phase 1a will include a 2,391m² sustainable technologies block, providing engineering, plumbing, electrical facilities and motor sport workshops. Phase 2 is set to include facilities for Higher Education students.

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