The college announced exciting plans that will see capital
injected into the estates at both its Ashington and rural Kirkley
Hall campuses earlier this year after a successful Skills Funding
Agency bid of £3m that was matched by £6.5m from funds.
Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive at Northumberland
College, said: "We have been working closely with consultants and
the appointment of Robertson means work on our campus improvements
will start soon."
The upgraded facilities at the Ashington campus will
• State-of-the-art construction, engineering and motor
• Refurbished brickwork, plastering, carpentry and painting
and decorating workshops
• Refurbishment of the ground floor of the main campus
building to create an interactive environment supported by a
brand-new hair and beauty salon and restaurant
• Enhancement of the overall site to provide a quality
And at the Kirkley Hall campus, near Ponteland, there will
• New arboriculture and tractor workshops
• A new-build education block with eight classrooms, open
learning suite and learning resource centre.
Andy McLeod, Regional Managing Director at Robertson, said: "We
are delighted to have been appointed to this project, our teams are
ready to deliver these magnificent new facilities, works have been
very carefully planned to ensure Northumberland College continue to
deliver education and training to students whilst the campus
upgrade is ongoing, we are also looking forward to working with the
college and providing learning opportunities for students during
the construction period before the works are completed in September
The new facilities will greatly enhance the teaching and
learning facilities for students, by providing brand-new facilities
and large enhanced workshops that will also enable new courses to
Stuart continued: "We also have plans to develop both the
Ashington and Kirkley Hall Campuses further with plans for a rural
business centre at Kirkley Hall at an advanced stage. So it's an
exciting time for both our students and community."
Northumberland College, which is the largest training provider
in the county, offers over 40 Apprenticeship courses and recently
received its best ever Ofsted result. The college also works with
more than 700 businesses across the region.