College celebrates as first sod is cut on site

The latest phase of a multi-million pound revamp of Myerscough College's Bilsborrow campus has been celebrated with a traditional sod cutting ceremony.
The latest phase of a multi-million pound revamp of Myerscough College's Bilsborrow campus has been celebrated with a traditional sod cutting ceremony.
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The latest phase of a multi-million pound revamp of Myerscough College’s Bilsborrow campus has been celebrated with a traditional sod cutting ceremony.

Work is well underway on the building of the Skills Training and Foundation Learning Centre which will compliment the current Engineering and Rural Skills buildings that have been completed nearby over the last couple of years.

Designs for the new complex show it will be similar to the surrounding buildings and will stand where the former greenhouse area was situated, between the Engineering Centre and the Plantworld garden centre. The greenhouses were decommissioned some time ago after being deemed not fit for purpose.

Over the last few weeks, demolition of the greenhouses on the plot has taken place and now, with the land cleared and leveled, work can begin on laying the foundations. The project is scheduled to finish by next Easter.

The finished building will serve two different areas.

Ann Turner, chief executive and principal of the college, explains: ‘’Exciting times are ahead. One area will be a specialist Foundation Learning Centre for students with learning difficulties to give them a dedicated central hub with facilities and resources just for them.

“The other part of the building will be a Skills Centre for young people and those not in employment, education or training (‘NEETS’), to give them the opportunity to better themselves. It’s a further £2.5 million investment into the ongoing redevelopment of the campus.”

Stacy Gregson-Hollinger is among the many students who will benefit from the build and says she can’t wait for it to be finished: ‘’Me and my friends are very excited – it’s great that we’ll have our own dedicated place to go. When it’s finished it’ll be something we can be proud of.”

Local company, JLC Groundworks, based in St Michaels, is responsible for the first phase of the new build and has spent the last few weeks clearing and leveling the site. The company also work in partnership with the college and has recently taken on Construction Plant Operations apprentice, Alec Carefoot. Alec was on hand to help with the ceremony alongside company boss, John Cookson.