New campus at Cinderford has a real ‘wow’ factor!

Students are settling in at Gloucestershire College’s new £15.8 million campus at Cinderford with the inaugural term now well underway. The eagerly-anticipated new campus forms a major part of the Cinderford Northern Quarter regeneration project and offers some of the best post-16 education and training facilities in the country.

Cabinet Members from Forest of Dean District Council and Town Councillors from Cinderford visited the campus on 26 September and were highly impressed by what they saw.

The visitors from FODDC and Cinderford Town Council saw at first-hand students taking part in a wide range of course studies, including art, graphic design, hair and beauty classes, and also toured the extensive grounds as well as sampling other amenities.

Cllr Richard Leppington, Cabinet Member for Asset Management at FODDC, enjoyed the occasion immensely:

“This new campus has a real ‘wow’ factor. It’s great to see such a major project come to fruition and I am sure that this facility will provide a tremendous boost to the job prospects of young people across the District. The new campus replaces the old Five Acres building and the contrast is clear to see – the spaces are very light and airy and the students benefit from a wonderful setting in the Forest. I am especially impressed by the use of footpaths to ensure easy access to a lake during break times; this provides a very relaxing break-out area for students when they are not hard at work in class.

“I’m proud that so many local contractors were involved in the building work, and it is good to see that it is extremely energy efficient, making use of solar panels, automated LED lighting and cutting-edge ventilation, cooling and heating systems. It’s also very accessible, thanks to the new Spine Road, pedestrian/cyclist-friendly accesses and the regular bus services to the venue.”