Nuneaton Campus Redevelopment
A New Future For Our Nuneaton Campus
We have reviewed the facilities at our Nuneaton campus to ensure we continue to provide a high-quality student experience that is fit for future skills developments.
Learning has changed. So must we
Many of our buildings are surplus to requirements because the way we teach and learn has changed. Our buildings need to be reconfigured to reflect those changes just as they have evolved over our 100-year history.
We need to focus our budget on students not buildings so that they continue to learn the skills which employers prize highly now and our courses flex to how those needs change in the future.
We are committed to retaining a strong presence in Nuneaton – at our current location – with higher quality facilities. This will mean our students will learn in a 21st-century teaching and learning environment.
All of this will be achieved by raising the investment funds through re-developing part of the current campus for residential purposes.
In October 2019, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) rejected NWSLC’s planning application despite:
• NBBC’s Planning officers recommended approval
• No statutory consultees raised objections.
The only objections identified from the public consultation carried out by NWSLC in February 2018 were from local neighbours. As a result of their feedback, the following changes were made:
Improved car parking
The revised masterplan will now include almost twice as many car parking spaces, increased from around 200 to at least 400 spaces. These include parking spaces for those with disabilities and will ensure college staff, students and visitors have plenty of space to park and minimise any impact on the surrounding residential area.
Options for cycling, walking, car-sharing and parking will be considered as part of a revised transport strategy.
Housing density reduced
To help accommodate concerns about traffic issues, the masterplan now includes fewer residential units (195 homes vs 220 originally outlined and many of which will be affordable).
Investment in sports facilities
We are committed to maintaining excellent sports provision on campus at Nuneaton and will be creating a new, all-weather (3G) sports pitch in the north-east of the campus.
We are working with Sport England and the Football Foundation to maximise the benefit of this facility to the local community.
Learning provision retained on site
Learning provision for engineering will be retained on site in existing buildings with some provision being delivered at the new MIRA Technology Institute, recently opened to address skills in the automotive industry. Provision for motor vehicle study programmes will benefit from newly re-built workshops designed to meet the requirements of a contemporary learning environment.
Facilities open to the public
The Glebegate restaurant and learning provision for catering and hospitality will remain on campus and will benefit from some refurbishment.
The Nursery will be maintained at its existing size and will be relocated more closely to the main campus building.
NWSLC is endorsed by ESFA – our biggest funder – and enjoys the support of its banks having reversed a £2.9m deficit and now running with a surplus for the last two years.
The deficit arose as a result of a change in Government funding which has been severely constrained over a long period.
With most other FE colleges in the country, NWSLC has seen a 30 per cent reduction in Government funding over the past 10 years.
Through no fault of our own, NWSLC has received the least funds to renovate and maintain our campus than any other college, nationally.
Government has made it plain that colleges need to take responsibility for their own finances.
NWSLC still succeeds despite challenges
Against this challenging backdrop, NWSLC recently received a grant to launch the IT & Digital Skills Training Academy. This will provide free training courses to help people secure jobs in digital and IT roles which are increasingly available in the region. It will also upskill those wanting to progress in their field.
NWSLC is confident that our revised masterplan brings us a step closer to being able to deliver the 21st century learning environment that will help our students flourish and secure world-class jobs.
For further updates, and news and progress, please return to this page which we will keep updated as our plans unfold.