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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Carlisle College bids to expand motor vehicle unit

Formal plans have been submitted to revamp the motor vehicle training unit at Carlisle College.

Motors workshop Carlisle College photo
The training workshop at Carlisle College

The extension is needed to help meet the demand of learners and a predicted increase in numbers.

It is proposed the existing motor vehicle unit will be reconfigured and extended. This will allow for a new MOT bay, four new car inspection areas, and will give staff the ability to teach practical courses to different student groups at the same time.

It would also allow the college to teach the latest technologies in mechanics, including the ability to further explore areas such as hybrid cars.

The college’s motor vehicle training unit is located close to Victoria Place and Hartington Street.

The extension would eat up three existing car parking spaces and an area used for storage.

Broadway Maylan has been appointed to develop the extension plans.

The planning application, submitted to Carlisle City Council, states: “The college currently runs a successful program of motor vehicle courses.

“In order to meet demand from learners for qualifications in these programs the college has applied to the Skills Funding Agency for funding support for a capital development scheme to increase capacity.

“The college therefore has a space need in order to be able to continue to deliver these courses to students.”

It is the latest proposed development for the college.

A new £2m investment is on the cards to transform a disused former chapel into a centre to nurture the college’s business students.

The construction training department is also set to be upgraded this year.

The latest developments will take the total investment at the college over the past 10 years to £30m.

Money for them – coming largely from the Skills Funding Agency – has been confirmed as work continues on the college’s new £5m digital arts centre, due to open in September.

St Paul’s Hall, on the corner of Strand Road and next to the arts centre development, is going to be turned into the hub for business studies students.

At the moment, they do not have a dedicated space in the campus.

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