Established after World War Two as an agricultural education centre, Hartpury College near Gloucester has steadily grown from a 50-student facility into one of the UK’s leading sports and education colleges on a campus covering more than 360 hectares.
Hartpury College – an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) – presents students with the opportunity to gain A levels and BTEC Diplomas, alongside foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and land studies. The first higher education programme in equine studies was introduced in 1992 and the first PhD student arrived in 2004.
To maintain Hartpury College’s high standards of excellence in education, a £3.5 million investment has been injected into the college as part of The Skills Funding Agency’s £110 million investment into FE college buildings. The funding is providing the necessary means to create a new building providing a state-of-the-art learning resource centre, classrooms and office space, which will enable the college to separate its existing further education and higher education facilities.
Hartpury College Facilities Director, John Perry, said:
“The project centres on the construction of a further education centre which will free up some space in an existing building, where we currently share further education and higher education services. This new building will provide the college with a dedicated further education centre, leaving the existing building to be refurbished and transformed into a dedicated higher education learning resources centre.”
Work began on the project in June 2013 and is currently scheduled to reach completion in July 2014. Marquee Construction is the main contractor on the project for Hartpury College, whilst CAD Associates are providing all architectural services on the project.
The project comprises the construction of a single, two-storey building measuring 1850 sq meters. The ground floor of the building has been designed as a learning resource centre, whilst the first floor will include 15 classrooms in addition to office space which will accommodate approximately 25 members of staff.
Work continues to make great progress on the project and as students have access to an existing building there is no disruption to services.
“Once work is complete on this project, the new facilities will provide students with a dedicated education centre, with appropriate resources including two IT rooms and classrooms for students aged 16 to 18.”
Hartpury is a progressive college which is committed to valuing diversity and equality. The college promotes respect amongst all its students, meaning that everyone is treated with courtesy, respect and consideration. A positive working and learning environment is encouraged and all contributions are valued, irrespective of personal differences.
In 2009 Hartpury College was awarded ‘Outstanding College’ status by Ofsted for its further education courses and in 2012 was awarded ‘Outstanding’ for its residential students.
For more information on Hartpury College, please visit: www.hartpury.ac.uk.
In 2011 CAD Associates celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of its architectural and town planning consultancy, and could hardly believe how rapidly the business had grown to reach that milestone. The practice is based at offices in Lincoln, but undertakes work all over the country and has completed in excess of £50m worth of work at Hartpury College over the last 20 years.
Ken Allen, Managing Director of CAD Associates, said:
“We take great pride in all our developments and have always been a good technical practice, listening to our clients and designing within budgets. This has secured us a loyal client base who have recommended us to colleagues within their professions. People look at our buildings and see how they could benefit their business, school, college or university.
“We are very proud of the relationship we have built up with Hartpury College and the F.E. Centre is just the latest in a series of buildings which allow the College to grow and to offer more and more successful courses to students.”