Bird's eye view of College construction gives glimpse of the future11th April 2011
A bird’s eye view of the Calderdale College redevelopment in Francis Street gave Student Union president Craig Henry and college vice-principal Denise Cheng-Carter, a glimpse of what is to come. The roof of the new sports hall has just been completed and the adjacent all-weather pitch is expected to be ready ahead of time for use before the summer.
“It’s fantastic to see the building becoming a reality”, said Mrs Cheng-Carter. “The work is progressing well, on schedule and the new facilities will be ready for use by learners joining us this September”.
Facilities will include a dance studio, fitness suite, Learning Resource Centre with over forty PCs, Sports, Science and Animal Care labs and seven general teaching rooms. The sports hall will incorporate a range of courts for football, cricket practice, netball, and basketball, two volleyball courts, six badminton courts and four sets of changing rooms, all available for general public use during evenings and weekends. In addition there will be a new entrance and atrium for buildings on the west side of Francis Street, a new entrance to the main site, partial refurbishment and redecoration throughout.
“Local firm Elland Steel Structures has completed the frame, the windows and curtain walling are shortly to be installed by HW Architectural Ltd of Brighouse and we’re using Marshalls stone”, added Mrs Cheng-Carter. “We’re delighted that the scheme has brought around £470,000 business into the Borough. In addition, the project has been a valuable learning resource for students, with on-site tours and visits to sub-contractors. Learners will also have opportunities to complete work placements on site”.