THESE are the first images of Worcester Sixth Form College’s new multi-million pound science block.
Work has begun to create the £2.6million centre which will offer four state-of-the-art science laboratories as well as study and IT spaces for students.
The building, which is expected to be completed in May next year, will also help the college cope with an increasing demand for people wanting to study science, maths and technology subjects.
The scheme has been made possible following a £1.5 million cash injection from the Government’s Building Condition Improvement Fund, while Worcester City Council has contributed a further £125,000.
But a spokeswoman from the college said it has also had to “dig significantly into its own resources” as well as take on a bank loan to fund the remainder of the project, which principal Michael Kitcatt believes will be an exciting asset to the college.
“This is a particularly significant time in the college’s development,” Mr Kitcatt said. “We are delighted to have had support for the project from many quarters, including our MP, Robin Walker, as well as Worcester City Council, who have recently supported us with funding.
“The new science centre is about much more than bricks and mortar as it will enable us to develop many exciting projects with local businesses and, as a result, to make our students even better prepared to enter higher education and employment.
“Our vision is to extend the centre with a further four science labs and we are keen to work with anyone who can help to make this a reality.”
Worcester MP Robin Walker added: “STEM skills are going to be crucial to Britain’s ability to compete in the 21st Century and I am delighted that both the Government and our local district council are investing in this valuable upgrade to the facilities at the sixth form college.
“It already has a new look on the outside but it is what goes on inside that counts for most. This scheme looks like an excellent use of funds and sponsoring it will be fantastic opportunity for local businesses to show their support for the college.”