New £25m campus development – New Bedford Road

on June 10, 2021

Works are well underway on the £25m redevelopment of Barnfield College’s New Bedford Road campus in Luton.

The college campus will be transformed by the significant investment, which will see the construction of a new four storey, prestigious building – complete with central atrium and modern teaching facilities for further education.

In addition to providing a 6,000sq metre facility, which will accommodate skills delivery for mainstream employment sectors and specialist skills in digital and engineering, it will allow for the expansion of learning provision in space better suited to modern courses. Read more about the Coding Centre that will be a key feature of the new campus here.

Other key facilities will include:

  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Refectory
  • Coffee Shop
  • Student Support and GAP Hub
  • Employer Zone
  • Health and Fitness Lab
  • Science Lab
  • Music Studios
  • Art and Design Studios
  • Computer Suites
  • Digital Lab
  • Gaming Suite
  • Sensory Room
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salons
  • Multi-Media Suite
  • TV Studio 
  • Modern Classrooms

South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has provided project funding of £4.75m as part of the Getting Building Fund (GBF) which aims to support the UK’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis. The programme funds local, ready to start infrastructure projects which will help local businesses, people and places to thrive.

Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive at SEMLEP said: “We are delighted to be supporting such an exciting new facility that will be of real benefit to the people of Luton and the surrounding areas.

“Through the Getting Building Fund, SEMLEP secured more than £27m from government to support the economic recovery from COVID-19 and projects such as this support key priorities at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

“These priorities include skills for all particularly young people, the green recovery and innovation which all generate jobs and support Luton employers to survive and grow into the future.”

Farrans Construction is a building and civil engineering contractor with over 75 years’ experience of delivering projects across the UK and Ireland. The company, which employs more than 500 people, has offices in Belfast, London, Cambridge and Edinburgh, with further site offices connecting its regional network. Farrans recently completed the Hemel Hempstead campus for West Herts College Group and the redevelopment of Barnfield College will continue this relationship.

Cathal Montague, regional director for Farrans Construction, said: “We are looking forward to working on Barnfield College and engaging with the local community to deliver a very exciting building which is fit for the future.

“Employment and training are key components of our social commitments on all of our projects and we will be working with WHC Group to realise wider project benefits including the creation of sustainable employment, training and skills development to leave a lasting legacy.”

Take a look below at the latest image from the New Bedford Road site, check back here for regular updates and follow us on Instagram @barnfieldcollege for the latest images of the new build.

Abbie NorthwoodNew £25m campus development – New Bedford Road