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Gates open to Kingsway

Niki
Tuesday 30 Jun 2009

Today marks the official opening of Westminster Kingsway College’s brand new King’s Cross Centre

The £52.5m building which has been delivered on time and on budget, was completed under the Government’s Building Colleges for the Future programme and was funded in part (55%) by the Learning & Skills Council.

The new Centre was designed by architects, Bond Bryan and will house a diverse spectrum of courses from science and health & social care to media and visual & performing arts.

Andy Wilson, Principal of Westminster Kingsway College, says: “We had a once in a lifetime opportunity to create, from a blank piece of paper, the college we had always wanted to teach in, a building that acts as a magnet and draws people in from the outside, inviting them to be part of the learning experience we provide. The courses we offer are designed to meet our students’ highest aspirations for progression to Higher Education and careers in key sectors of the London economy. We are proud we can also now provide a brand-new Further Education facility which matches these aspirations.”

Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education who opened the College today said: “I am delighted to celebrate the opening of Westminster Kingsway College’s new King’s Cross Centre, which was supported by over £28million of Government funding. This is a great example of an innovative regeneration project, which will benefit students, staff and the surrounding community alike. The Government is spending some £2.6 billion transforming Further Education buildings and facilities compared to 1997 when spending was zero, and I am delighted that the King’s Cross Centre is one of the successful recipients of this investment.”

Bruce Raw, Bond Bryan Associate Director, said: “One of our main challenges was to create an exciting learning environment that would motivate and inspire students without conflicting with the predominantly Victorian surroundings. We have achieved this, while also meeting important environmental targets such as generating 10% of the buildings energy requirements on-site, maximising the use of natural light and using renewable materials.”

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