It’s full steam ahead for Eastbourne College after it won unanimous support from the town’s planning committee for its next major development.
Project 150 is so named as it is due to be completed in 2017 when the College will celebrate its 150th anniversary of its founding by local people and the then Duke of Devonshire.
A spokesperson for the College said, “It is a bold and very carefully considered plan to transform a large part of the College’s central site between the Birley Centre (opened 2011) and the iconic buildings that look out on to College Field.
“In all, well over an acre of land will be transformed over three and four floors into a new sports complex, dining and social facilities, 31 state-of-the-art classrooms and much more. It will transform the educational experience of girls and boys who attend the College.”
The Birley Centre not only benefits College students but is also used as a hub for the local community, and the College promises Project 150 will see a dramatic extension of this activity.
The spokesperson said, “A central theme of the College’s development is that it should be ever more actively involved in the life of Eastbourne; we want to be at the heart of the town in terms of education, creative arts, sport or charitable activity. Project 150, with Birley, will be a cornerstone of this activity for decades to come.
“The culmination of over 20 years of careful strategic planning, Project 150 enables the College to take a giant step forward in a very short time. It is innovative in its approach, rolling more than three major projects into a single build that may be completed, we are advised, in as few as 85 weeks.
“The development represents a wonderful opportunity for the College and the town of Eastbourne to celebrate our 150th anniversary and build a beacon of excellence that will benefit generations of young people in the 21st century and beyond.”
Work will now begin on the tendering process with a view to construction beginning in mid-2015.