College gains consent for new science and technology centre

The Bournemouth and Poole College can now proceed with plans to create an exciting new specialist facility for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at its North Road campus after Dorset and Hampshire-based Pure Town Planning secured planning permission.

As part of the conversion to the new facility, which has been designed by Studio Four Architects based in Romsey , will see the current Centre for Applied Arts building receive a complete facelift. The centre sits adjacent to the new North Light Centre for Art and Design which was officially opened in February and represents the latest in a series of investments to improve teaching facilities at the campus. It directly supports  the Government’s programme to promote the education of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Ken Roberts, Executive Director of Resources at The Bournemouth and Poole College commented “We are delighted that we can now press ahead with the conversion works to create the new STEM centre. We were impressed that Pure Town Planning managed to progress this application through the system so quickly.”

Pure Town Planning Director Dan Wilden said “The College is a great asset to Bournemouth and Poole and so we were delighted when they asked us to assist in obtaining planning consent for this project. The College have been a pleasure to work with and credit should also go to the architects for designing what promises to be a fantastic transformation. We look forward to seeing the finished article.”

The conversion works to the building are scheduled to begin this summer with the aim of being completed for the start of term in January 2013.