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New Harrison Building officially opened

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Phase One of Wakefield College’s proposed redevelopment of its Margaret Street site reached completion this week as the new Harrison Building was officially opened. The £7.6 million build, which took a year to complete, will house dedicated Sixth Form learning spaces, a brand new library, café and Higher Education teaching spaces too.

Phase One of the project has seen an existing building redeveloped to include a pedestrianised walkthrough connecting Newstead Road to Bond Street. Features in the new development include disabled parking, a safe drop-off point, café terrace, seating areas, cycle stands, and landscaping with trees and planted areas. The refurbishment and new build has transformed the public view of the College from both Wood Street and Bond Street.

Commenting on the new build, College Principal Sam Wright said: “We know the important role Wakefield College has to play in helping everyone achieve their educational goals and this fantastic new facility will go a long way in helping us realise this ambition. The inauguration of the building marks an important milestone for the College and its future plans to continue to create state-of-the-art learning facilities for our learners and we are already working on further developments including the Museum building on Wood Street.”

The College Principal, Sam Wright, and senior College staff were joined by members of its governing body, developers GB Building Solutions, local school head teachers and representatives from WMDC for the ceremony where the College’s Chair of Governors, Kevin Henry, unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The Harrison Building, named after John Harrison, the famous Wakefield-born clockmaker and inventor of the marine chronometer, opened its doors to students earlier this month. Students have already given the new build the thumbs-up with the new Starbucks café proving to be a popular spot.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 17 October, 2012

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