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£84 million Bournville College for Longbridge

Bournville College will relocate to new £84 million premises at Longbridge it was announced today, after the College entered into an agreement with developer St Modwen – the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and the force behind the £750 million regeneration of the former MG Rover works – and Advantage West Midlands.

Subject to necessary approvals from Birmingham City Council and the Learning and Skills Council, work will start on the site earmarked for the development of Longbridge town centre in mid 2009, with the purpose built 250,000 sq ft Bournville College expected to be delivered by September 2011. Spanning 4.2 acres, the new educational facility will be located in a prime position allowing easy access for students.

The six storey building, which is being designed by the Birmingham office of international architectural practice Broadway Malyan, will be prominently located on the junction of the A38 Bristol Road South and Longbridge Lane and will have capacity for 15,000 students. The new premises will bring together Bournville College’s existing three campuses and will feature new state of the art facilities including a learning resource centre, business school, construction workshop, and leisure and sport facilities.

Mike Murray, senior development manager for St Modwen, said: “The landmark agreement with Bournville College is a major step towards the creation of a fully sustainable mixed use community for Longbridge. With the wider regeneration of the area set to create 10,000 jobs, the College is likely to attract a new generation of students who complete their further and higher education at Longbridge then gain employment in the area. The College also has innovative plans to assist and develop new businesses as well as supporting the training and research needs of employers.

“Accessibility was an important factor behind the College’s decision to relocate to Longbridge, and future students will be well served by rail links to Birmingham and Bromsgrove every ten minutes from Longbridge Station and buses that pass the site every two minutes. In essence, this development brings the College closer to the heart of its community. However, also crucial in this process was that St Modwen and Bournville College both have confidence in working closely together to deliver a flagship educational facility that befits the reputation of both parties.”

More than 468 acres is set to be transformed at Longbridge by UK leading regeneration specialist St Modwen and joint land owner Advantage West Midlands. The pioneering vision for the area not only includes the creation of thousands of new jobs, it also includes more than 1,400 new homes alongside quality public realm and an excellent public transport system.

Norman Cave, Principal of Bournville College, said: “The agreement between Bournville College and St Modwen is not only a significant step for the College but also for the regeneration of Longbridge. We are excited to be part of the ambitious plans for this area, providing skills and knowledge required by business, local community, adults and young learners in a landmark 21st Century education facility. We are grateful for the support we have received from Advantage West Midlands and the Learning and Skills Council. The proposals are subject to the formal approval of Birmingham City Council and the Learning and Skills Council.”

For further information on Longbridge, please go to www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk

For further information on Bournville College, please go to www.bournville.ac.uk

For more information please contact:

Mike Murray, St Modwen 0121 222 9400

Sally Earl, Core 0121 643 8151