Funding secured for Phase 2 Riseholme College redevelopment :: Bishop Burton College

Funding secured for Phase 2 Riseholme College redevelopment

Riseholme College has been awarded £7.5m of the £40 million allocated to Greater Lincolnshire projects to assist in the move to a new specialist campus at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Phase 2 developments will include:

Food Technology Centre – to provide food businesses with access to technical equipment, support services and training courses to support their growth and development.

Precision Agriculture Centre - to provide a regional centre of expertise for the development of new technologies, skills and knowledge which are needed to make farming practices more sustainable and minimise the impact on the environment.
Animal Behaviour Centre – to be equipped to study different animal responses to a range of stimuli.
Wildlife and Countryside Facility - would provide housing for a wide range of native and exotic animal species and include outdoor areas to recreate suitable natural habitats.
Equine Science Centre -to include facilities for the schooling of horses and the development of riding skills. The Centre will also provide facilities to study veterinary aspects of equine science and therapies.
Sports Science and Fitness Centre – to link health and fitness aspects into new programmes in Food Science, Agriculture and Human Nutrition that are being developed with international partners.

Plans for growth

The new facilities will help sustain and grow land-based education in Lincolnshire, contributing to the local economy and providing businesses with the skills they need to remain competitive up to date.
The new facility will be operational in 2016 and is expected to engage over 450 local businesses in skills training within two years.
The expansion will increase the number of learners, with over 800 students on campus. This includes new learning opportunities for local residents that are not currently in education, training or employment and the project will help develop a number of new apprenticeship and trainee programmes to link learners into local industries.
Mark Tinsley, lead board member for agri-food on the Greater Lincolnshire LEP said: “The relocation and expansion of the specialist campus for land-based education in Lincolnshire will ensure that the county remains at the forefront in the development of new skills and innovative technologies in the agri-food sector and its many associated industries.
"This project will provide an exciting range of new learning opportunities for people looking to study and work across our area. It will also provide local businesses with the people and skills they need to grow, create new jobs and access new market opportunities across the world.”
Jeanette Dawson, OBE, principal and chief executive of Bishop Burton College, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have obtained funding for Phase 2 of our new Lincolnshire campus. 
"The development reaffirms our commitment to supporting the land based industry in the county and beyond.
"It is an exciting time to be involved in the industry, there is a surge of innovation and new technology, and Bishop Burton’s Riseholme campus will put Lincolnshire at the centre of that innovation and our students in the best position to contribute to the rural economy.”