Work begins on new £2 million building for students with learning difficulties at Bedford College

Work begins on the new �2 million building at Bedford College.  Picture by David Stubbs.
Work begins on the new �2 million building at Bedford College. Picture by David Stubbs.

Students with learning difficulties will have their own £2 million purpose-built centre later this year.

A bolt-tightening ceremony was held with students and staff of Bedford College, alongside the team from Ashe Construction who are erecting the steel frame.

When completed the centre will blend in with the street scape on St Mary’s including College House, said to be the oldest brick built property in the town.

Principal Ian Pryce said: “Our site has developed over decades – some of it with buildings which are not seen as things of beauty. However we are replacing it jigsaw piece by jigsaw piece, as finances allow and as the college expands.

“We have turned the 1950s workshop block into a shining eco-beacon with our turbine-topped Brundtland Building - it looks fantastic and saves energy.

“We have removed the unsightly old bus garage which used to be the art block and replaced it with the riverside South Bank Arts Centre.

“Now we can improve the St Mary’s Street boundary with a building which is keeping with the area.”

Ashe Construction are working closely with Bedford College to demonstrate their joint commitment to training for the construction

industry – especially in the modern areas of sustainable design and build.

A careers in construction and sustainability event is being held at the college on May 19, which will include activities for pupils from neighbouring schools.