Truro College gets £4m centre of excellence through Objective One

Building work on a new centre to provide higher education at Truro College is to start this summer after the project was given the go-ahead through the Objective One programme.

The creation of the £4 million Helford Building will provide a centre of excellence for the county, offering both higher and further education courses.

A European grant of nearly £1.7 million has been approved through Objective One to support the higher education element of the building. A grant to assist with the further education side of the development will be provided by the Further Education Funding Council, with the college providing the remaining money.

College principal Jonathan Burnett was delighted to be able to announce the project. He said: “It’s only through the European funding that this project is able to go ahead.

“It will provide excellent new facilities for local people and indeed attract some higher education students from outside Cornwall.”

Mr Burnett explained that the new centre was key to Truro College’s place within the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative to expand access to higher education across Cornwall, based around a main “hub” at Penryn and various “rim” sites involving existing colleges.

He said: “The new Helford Building will be used alongside our existing IT centre to create a base for Truro College’s provision of higher education. This is all part of the business plan for the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative and we will be offering a range of courses that fit within the CUC’s plan.”

The new building has been designed by St Ives-based architects Poynton, Bradbury, Wynter, Cole and the college has appointed local firm Midas Construction Ltd to work on the next stage of the project.

David Matthew, the college’s director of admin and finance, said: “The design of the project is now well advanced. We are using a two-stage tendering process and Midas has been appointed to work with us on the first stage of development.

“We are hoping to award the main contract for the building work in August and to have the building complete and ready for occupation by September next year.”

It is expected that around 80 people will be employed during work on the new Helford Building jobs and over 60 staff jobs will be created once it is complete.


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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388