Eastbourne College’s plans for a radical new development at the school will be discussed at a consultation with local residents later this month.
The college has drawn up a proposal for significant changes to its site next to the Birley Centre on Carlisle Road, which they hope to be completed by 2017 when the college celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Subject to planning permission, the plans, currently entitled ‘Project 150’, would see a sports complex, 31 state-of-the-art classrooms, a contemporary cafe and social space and a new pavilion introduced to the site. These facilities would replace the buildings currently used for the 630 pupils at the school, while the college theatre will also be enhanced.
Eastbourne College’s headmaster Simon Davies said, “We believe this is a game-changer that will benefit teaching and learning as well as multiply sporting and cultural opportunities for young people, their families and many others in the local community.
“There is an urgent need for this development. These are facilities that a senior school of more than 630 pupils really does need; they will replace out-dated buildings, which were designed for a considerably smaller school, that are a marketing liability for the college, of very low architectural merit and very inefficient in terms of energy consumption.
“We believe the Birley Centre has served its dual purpose of providing a top-class school facility and also reaching out to the town of Eastbourne.”
Eastbourne College has been advised the build could be completed in as few as 85 weeks and has been planned to tie in with Eastbourne Borough Council’s plans to develop Devonshire Park to ensure least possible disruption to the town.
The consultation will run from 5.30pm-8.30 on Tuesday, January 28 in the Birley Centre foyer. It will be open to local residents and other interested parties who may have received written invitations or seen the notice advertising it on the Birley Centre noticeboard.