Work has started on the £14m-plus refurbishment and a new building to transform the Salisbury campus of the newly-crowned Wiltshire College & University Centre.

The project is part of over £24m of investment by Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) to increase further and higher education opportunities at the college. SWLEP’s Growth Deal with the Government has funded projects in Swindon and Wiltshire through the partnership’s competitive bidding for £169m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, releasing another £354 million of match-funding from the private and public sector.

The next stage of the project, in June, 2019, is a new building at the centre of the campus to replace some of the existing buildings.

More than £9 million is to be invested at the Lackham Campus for a new agricultural technology centre, higher education centre, and a state-of-the-art milking parlour. Work on both campuses should be completed by 2020.

SWLEP has also supported a £17m bid for an institute of technology, one of 16 in the UK to reach the final round. Lead partner is Swindon College, working with other colleges, universities and employers. Work is also underway on a multi-campus business-led university, identified as a priority in the Higher Education Strategy.

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