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23.06.05
New Fal and Lynher Buildings Underway for Truro College

First turf cuttingThe new Fal and Lynher buildings are now under construction for Truro College and the initial first turf cutting has taken place. Mowlem Construction has been awarded the contract to build the £20M project. The whole project will boost higher and further education in Cornwall and is also the beginnings of the CUC (Combined Universities in Cornwall) Phase 2 project for Cornwall.

First turf cutting: Ellen Winser, Chair of the Governors (in digger); left to right: David Matthew, Director of Finance Truro College; Jonathan Burnett, Principal Truro College; Kelvin Bottle, Site Project Manager Capita Symonds; Gordon Kelly, CUC Co-ordinator; Mark Yeoman, Deputy Director Objective One Partnership; Kevin Bate, Contracts Manager Mowlem; Chris Williams, Project Manager Mowlem
 
The Fal Building will be a magnificent new landmark on the A390 western approach to Truro centre on the land between Truro College and the new Richard Lander School. It will be a further addition to the new purpose built campus for Truro College, which will include teaching accommodation, catering, learning resources and student facilities.

The Lynher Building is also part of the project, with plans to construct new further education premises. It will allow the college to extend the curriculum opportunities at level 2 and 3 in all vocational areas and foster opportunities to improve direct support to businesses.

Jonathan Burnett, principal of Truro College said: "Truro College has established a reputation as one of the best in the country. This new development will ensure that our students use facilities that are second to none. The existing campus is seen as one of the best there is. These new buildings will be consistent in style and quality with the rest of the College. Students and staff will have more space and more specialist facilities."

The Fal Building, the cornerstone of the new build, will extend provision for the growing numbers of higher education students at Truro College and provide a focal point for existing university level students. Truro College already has nearly 600 higher education students and this project will enable an additional 411 full time university level student places to be created.

Truro College, part of the CUC and the Phase 2 Project, received an investment of over £8M from CUC funding for the Fal, to increase university level opportunities in Cornwall, which will strengthen the local economy encouraging people into further learning and increase business potential.

Gordon Kelly, co-ordinator for the CUC said: "It is thrilling to see the first element of CUC Phase 2 already underway. Over the coming months and years new buildings and courses will be created at another eight campuses around Cornwall as a result of the £55 million investment secured by CUC from Objective One and the Government. These new developments are expected to yield 2,400 more student places and 2000 new jobs in Cornwall, making a massive contribution to long-term prosperity in the region."

For further information please contact Jean Mooney of Truro College on 01872 267198 or email: jeanm@trurocollege.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the new Fal and Lynher buildings, Phase 2 of the CUC, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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