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Go ahead for exciting new-build for Sunderland College


Planners have given the green light to Sunderland College to go ahead and build brand new facilities at its Bede campus.

<p>And that means that Sunderland College students will have access to some of the best sports and visual and performing arts facilities in the UK.</p>
<p>The College will spend £22million on the project that will see the creation of two brand new ‘academies’.</p>
<p>The Arts Academy – for dance, drama, music, media, photography, art and design courses – will include: recording studios, a film screening suite, dance, drama and media studios, green rooms, art, textiles and design studios, film processing and dark rooms state-of-the-art computer facilities and teaching studios.</p>
<p>The Sports Academy will bring top-class facilities such as a sports science laboratory, fitness suites, treatment room and a four court sports hall as well as fully equipped teaching areas – kitted out with the latest digital and wireless technology.</p>
<p>It’s a major investment by the College and reflects its commitment to provide the best quality learning environment possible for its thousands of students.</p>
<p>Acting Principal, Nigel Harrett, said: “This is a very exciting time for Sunderland College. We are all looking forward to watching the new buildings take shape.</p>
<p>“The facilities will be fantastic and existing and future students will reap the benefits of this investment in quality.</p>
<p>“It is never easy to find the money for such ambitious plans but we are determined to create a college that offers the best possible learning experience to students.</p>
<p>“Having sports and performing arts acadamies will add to our already impressive offer, which includes a vast range of vocational and A Level courses for full and part time learners as well as excellent pass and student satisfaction rates.</p>
<p>“Construction work is due to start  in February 2013 with the new academies due to open in September 2014”</p>

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