Knocked down

Demolition of the old Wakefield college site, Margaret Street campus.'w6268a136'Picture: Andrew Bellis.

Demolition of the old Wakefield college site, Margaret Street campus.'w6268a136'Picture: Andrew Bellis.

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DEMOLITION work at Wakefield College has begun as part of its £25m refurbishment.

Cranes moved in to knock down the Margaret Street campus after renovation plans were approved in July.

The site will be transformed to enable the college to deliver education to a wide range of learners, including general further education learners, sixth form students, higher education students and adults.

Phase one of the project will see the B Block redeveloped to include a pedestrianised walk-through connecting Newstead Road to Bond Street. It will house higher education and sixth form students, as well as a learning resource centre.

The new development will also include disabled parking, a safe drop-off point, cafe terrace, seating areas, cycle stands, and landscaping with trees and planted areas.

The redevelopment plan is a ‘Plan B’ for the college after it missed out on funding from the Learning and Skills Council for a £75m new build in July 2009.

Different phases of the current development will take place as an when funds become available.