New skills centre opens at Myerscough

Students and staff celebrating the opening of the new centre
Students and staff celebrating the opening of the new centre

A new £2.5m Foundation learning and skills training centre has opened at Myerscough College.

It marks the latest phase of the ongoing multi-million pound revamp of the college’s Bilsborrow campus.

The state-of-the-art facility is located where the former greenhouse area was, between the engineering centre and the Plantworld Garden Centre.

It will serve two role, being primarily a specialist Foundation Learning Centre for students with learning difficulties, providing a dedicated central hub with facilities and resources just for them.

But part of the centre also provides an area to teach vital workplace skills to apprentices, young people and “NEETS”, those not in employment, education or training.

The development follows the recent completion of the college’s new veterinary nursing centre on the site of the former Crane Academy.

Over the summer there was a large number of further campus improvements, including a new bus roundabout, the demolition of the old boiler house and horticulture offices near the floristry department, the construction of a new, large glasshouse, 
the moving of log cabins near the Animal Academy, demolition of the former access offices and classroom, a major refurbishment of the college laboratories and revamp of more than 100 student bedrooms in the college’s halls of residence.

The next phase of the college’s expansion will see the Animal Academy triple in size with a £3 million upgrade.

Work will begin in the coming months and finish in 2015.

John Wherry, assistant principal (resources), stressed the new centre’s eco-friendly credentials, saying that thanks to solar panels on the roof and a biomass boiler the whole building was carbon neutral.