Delight At East Durham College As Government Grant Awarded To Aid Houghall Redevelopment
East Durham College is to receive £10m capital investment from funding The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
The exciting news comes following David Cameron’s announcement today on a massive programme of investment for the North East including new business parks, transport improvements and a campaign to ensure the region’s schools match the best in the country.
College Principal Suzanne Duncan has expressed her ‘absolute delight’ at the announcement and said it was not only great news for the College, staff and students but also the local economy in County Durham and beyond.
This capital investment will enable the College to now proceed with its extensive redevelopment plans for the Houghall Campus, which received unanimous approval from Durham County Council’s planning committee earlier this year.
Mrs Duncan said: “On behalf of the College; our governors, staff and students, I would like to express our absolute delight at being awarded this funding.
“The redevelopment will enable the College to vastly improve its facilities which will allow us to offer more places as well as to broaden and expand the curriculum offer, such as offering more of our students a progression route on to Level 4 programmes of study and degree level courses.
“The economic benefits of the development will safeguard over 100 jobs as well as creating about 100 new ones”
“We will be moving ahead quickly to progress our plans to provide significantly improve learning and teaching facilities at Houghall and providing a learning environment fit for the 21st century and beyond.”
Demand from north east students to study at Houghall is increasing year-on-year and by September 2015 it is envisaged that over 1,100 students will be following land-based programmes at the Durham-based campus.