Technical centre in old Burnley mill has all the latest technology (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Technical centre in old Burnley mill has all the latest technology
BURNLEY's new £10million University Technical College is up and running.
The ambitious 14 to 19 education project, by the Visions Learning Trust, in Trafalgar Street, showed its first guests around the building yesterday.
Business leaders, local dignitaries and students took in the new facility in the former Victoria Mill in the historic Weavers’ Triangle.
The new site has interactive TVs instead of whiteboards and open plan IT suites for students to move around.
Special Google Chrome books will be available for students to use on each floor, where material and coursework will be stored remotely.
A project room has been created where students will be encouraged to set up model business and work on projects where they can be displayed to visitors.
Brightly coloured and modern new facilities stand against restored original features such as the mill chimney, original floorboards and cast iron stanchions.
The mill’s original north light roof, which was rotting nine months ago, has been reglazed to allow natural light to flood most of the teaching areas.
Martin Callagher, the college’s principal-cum-managing director, said: “It’s wonderful to keep the heritage in the building and Barnfield Construction have done a wonderful job with the roof and the iron stanchions.
“It’s important that we give the students more of a business environment than a traditional school layout.”
“We also wanted to keep away from a whiteboard at the head of the class. We have interactive screens that can be used so that the learning coach can stand anywhere with the students.”
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “It is absolutely amazing. They’ve turned it from a derelict mill into a hi-tech learning centre for engineering and construction. We are desperately lacking both of these and it’s the best £10million the government has ever spent.”
Construction work is said to be on schedule ahead of the college opening on Thursday, August 29.
More than 100 students have already signed up, with more expected to come on board after GCSE results are announced tomorrow.
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