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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Minister’s Pride In New College Buildings

Press Release   •   Feb 19, 2010 09:05 GMT

New buildings for colleges across England are helping this year’s intake of students get the skills they need, and Further Education Minister Kevin Brennan today hailed the success of the project.

51 colleges across England saw 58 new building and campus construction projects completed last year under the government’s Building Colleges for the Future programme.

Colleges benefiting in 2009 include:

  • Westminster Kingsway College – visited by Peter Mandelson in November, this College received support of £26.7m towards the redevelopment of its Kings Cross site.
  • St Helen’s College – visited by Kevin Brennan in Colleges Week, this college benefited from £21.8m for refurbishment of its Brook Street buildings.
  • South Thames College – visited by Kevin Brennan in October, this college received £28.1m towards the redevelopment of its Wandsworth High Street Campus.

Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education, Skills Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs said:

“These new college buildings did not happen by accident. They are the result of the Government’s policy to invest in transforming our college buildings and facilities.

“New college facilities improve the lives of learners, regenerate communities and inspire local people to learn and develop. New facilities like these give people the skills they need to get into work and in turn contribute to the growth of the economy.

I’ve been lucky enough to see some of these fantastic new buildings, such as at St Helen’s College and at South Thames in London, and I look forward to seeing more projects completed in 2010. I am proud of the fact that since 2001, 700 projects at nearly 330 colleges have been funded, transforming the further education estate and experience for learners.”

Another 42 new college buildings are expected to be completed in 2010, continuing the expansion and modernisation of Further Education Colleges.

The Government’s Building Colleges for the Future programme has not only transformed much of the nation’s further education estate, but provides a boost for jobs up and down the country.

Investment in college projects has sustained a workforce of around 10,000 people employed on college sites including builders, architects, surveyors and engineers. Further jobs have been created and supported throughout the supply chain.

Notes to editors

  • A full list of projects funded in 2009 can be found at:
  • 2.   Pictures of BIS Ministers visiting colleges, as well as other new college buildings can be obtained from the press office on 020 7215 5303 or by visiting

    3. Video clips of Lord Mandelson and Kevin Brennan’s visits to Further Education Colleges are available at

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