Plans to build a new state-of-the-art education center in Wolverhampton city center have come closer with the investment of £20 million of government funds. The City Learning Quarter will be located around Old Hall Street and St George’s Parade, incorporating the site of the former Faces nightclub on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street.
It will encompass the existing City University’s Metro One campus, the council’s adult education department and the central library, spanning a total of 10,000 square meters and creating and sustaining 750 jobs. The new facilities will allow the City of Wolverhampton College to move from its outdated Paget Road site, which has been identified as land to build much-needed accommodation.
Councilor Chris Burden (Lab. Fallings Park), Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: “It’s great news that we have received an additional £20million which will allow us to build the transformative facilities in our new learning district The council has worked hard to secure this funding, which will allow us to continue building a brand new downtown campus for hundreds of students and staff.
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“This new accessible campus will bring cutting-edge technology into the classroom and help prepare us not only for the jobs of today, but also of tomorrow. The old campus was well beyond its lifespan. and was inaccessible to many students.The new building will mean most learners in the city can get there in one bus or tram ride.
“This is not only great news for the students, but also for the economy of our city. With hundreds of people there, many could choose to have lunch in the city or take a trip to the shops. C It’s this kind of economic multiplier that we hope will have a transformative effect for everyone in the city, not just the learners,” he added. “It’s great to see an empty site in the city centre. city come to life and a fantastic move that will allow our residents access to the best quality resources, increasing their chances of success.”
Council Leader Ian Brookfield (Lab. Bushbury South and Low Hill) said: “I am delighted that we have secured the final piece of the puzzle in our funding package to enable the council and the college to implement this vital program. for the city. hard work was put in by council and college representatives, supported by our local MPs, to present a compelling case to the government, who have now responded to our demands.
“The new facilities will provide a vital facelift as we reimagine our city centre, which is benefiting from an overall investment of £1billion. It will be an inspiring environment in which to learn and will offer excellent connectivity to train, bus, tram and bike.
“We are working hard with the City of Wolverhampton College to ensure that we not only provide a vibrant center of education where we enhance the city’s learning, learning and employment offerings, but also that we retain our best talents, rather than losing people in different parts of the region.”
The plans were initially backed by a £6.2 million investment from the council and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which enabled the completion of design work, site surveys and site surveys. land, site acquisition and clearance. Council bosses have also secured £5m from the Towns Fund and £20m from the Leveling Up Fund. The latest £20million was announced by the Department for Education’s Skills Minister Alex Burghart.
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