SUNDERLAND College is set to showcase its new £22 million development to over 700 students in September after putting the finishing touches to its Bede Campus facilities.
Following the final stages of its fit-out, the college will welcome A-Level and vocational students to its new state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Art and Sport centres, which have been in development since spring 2013.
The sports building spans some 30,000 sq.ft and includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science performance lab, sports massage treatment areas, exercise studio and fully equipped gym and will be home to over 500 students currently enrolled to study a range of sport-related courses ranging from A-level Physical Education and Fitness Instruction to BTECs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees. The building will also accommodate the college’s development centres for elite men and women footballers, rugby players, swimmers and coaches.
As well as offering a broad curriculum, the sports building will be home to new basketball, trampolining, gymnastics, volleyball and futsal clubs catering for a range age groups from young children to adults.
From September, all Sunderland College students will be entitled to use the brand new £100,000 fitness suite which includes TechnoGym cardiovascular machines that connect to the web during a workout, a free weights area including lifting platforms and a new range of free weights and bars. Trained staff will also be on hand to help plan and maximise student workouts and there are a range of fitness classes and sports classes to choose from.
Students studying dance, music and photography will be among the many visual and performing arts students who will benefit from the college’s outstanding teaching and amenities at the 50,000 sq.ft Arts Academy, which includes a theatre; film screening room; media/T.V, drama, dance, art and fashion and clothing studios; two industry standard recording studios; a music technology suite; photography studio; dark room and film processing facilities.
Anne Isherwood, principal of Sunderland College, said: “The brand new buildings will provide students with an outstanding learner experience, with courses for both school leaver and adults on offer, there is something for everyone, including many new courses for the 2014 intake.
“The buildings are really striking, and add a new dimension to Bede Campus, as well as Sunderland College’s offer more generally. The original buildings are steeped in history, and people in Sunderland remember them with a great deal of affection, so it is really nice to see the space around that transformed, with the original buildings very much at the heart.
“Now is a better time than ever for school leavers to consider studying at Sunderland College and there’s still time to enroll for September 2014 courses. We’ve got fantastic success and pass rates, a large range of both A Level and vocational courses as well as our new facilities, which will provide students with the opportunity to learn in modern state of the art buildings, equipped with highest specification, industry standard equipment.”
As well as housing the college’s new intake of students, the VPA and Sports facilities will see second year students move in following the closure of its Shiney Row Campus.