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Work Begins on £34m Project at Askham Bryan College

2nd April 2014

Work Begins on £34m Project at Askham Bryan College

Start of work on a multi million pound project was marked today which will transform the campus at Askham Bryan College and create a wealth of new opportunities for young people in the north of England and beyond.
Liz Philip, Principal & Martin Smout of The GB Group, on the site of what will be the new Animal Management Centre

Construction work is now underway for the first phase of the York-based college's £34m vision which will see a state of the art Animal Management Centre with a wildlife and conservation area, a new equine centre, new teaching and student accommodation,  an engineering workshop, improvements to the College's farm and a glazed quadrangle area at the heart of the campus. It is the largest project ever undertaken by the 66 year old college.

The construction work is being carried out by The GB Group and architects for the project are DSP Group of York.

The first phase is the £6m Animal Management Centre and adjoining wildlife and conservation area. The brick and glazed Centre is expected to be complete by the autumn for use in the 2014/15 academic year.

Liz Philip, Principal said: “The start of work on this project is a significant milestone not only for the College but also for young people wanting to develop career paths into animal science and management. The centre will provide a wonderful working environment for our students, and hopefully it won't be too long before we are able to welcome the public in to see the new animals in the wildlife and conservation area.”

Askham Bryan College provides education for full and part time students through to honours degree level and specialises in courses in agriculture and land management. The new Centre will be used by the college's degree and diploma students studying animal management and vet nursing. Askham Bryan also has one of the highest number of apprenticeships of any UK land-based college.
Students from its centres across the north of England, for example in Bradford, Scarborough, Guisborough and Newcastle, will also use the new Centre for their studies. Overall it is anticipated that the number of students studying across all its centres will increase to around 6,000 in 2017/18.

The two-storey Animal Management Centre will have a total floorspace of 2,617m2 and will house lecture rooms, a replica vet practice particularly for use by the vet nursing degree and diploma students, a hydrotherapy room for animal recuperation, cattery, kennels and housing for smaller animals such as rabbits and cavies. Environmental features are a key part of the design and will help regulate the temperature within the buildings; they include windcatchers for natural ventilation, plus solar panels and solar shading.

The Centre leads directly into the wildlife and conservation area which as well as providing a practical focus for student studies, will in due course be open to the public. Once the building work is complete, the College's existing animals will gradually move over to their new accommodation. These include birds of prey, skunks, mongoose and marmosets, and it is anticipated that more exotic species, such as zebra, ostrich and wallabies will be added. The wildlife and conservation area lies at the front of the main college building and will be enclosed by a 2.4m high fence, new planting areas are being constructed along with woodland and animal shelters which have all been designed to harmonise with the rural setting and college's existing buildings.