College to make £13million investment in Enfield
The completion of the Learner Hub, the Enfield Construction Centre and new entrance to Kingfisher House are all part of our £13million plan for the renewal and refurbishment of our Enfield Centre, making sure we have the very best to offer in teaching and learning in Enfield for everyone.
In the next two years…
College Estates Strategy
Our Estates Strategy is focused on raising the quality of our learners’ experience at both College centres. We have already completed a range of refurbishment and building projects, and we are embarking on several more. At the Enfield Centre we recently completed our new Enfield Construction Centre, and hope to start work on our new link building between Park and Kingfisher House. By 2014, our investment in our Enfield Centre will be in the region of £13million.
The Learner Hub
The Learner Hub, an investment of £2.2million, provides a one-stop-shop for learner welfare services, such as student funding and finance, mentoring and counselling, as well as, extra-curricular enrichment activities. On the floor above we have six additional classrooms.
Designed in the same style as Kingfisher House, which in itself is an exceptional building, there are interlinking doorways between Kingfisher and the Hub, and the Hub and Collinwood. This presented our architects and builders with a challenge, since Kingfisher and Collinwood are at different heights, but one they met and solved expertly. Built on the site of a small car park between the two buildings, the Hub was erected within a restricted space, which makes this achievement all the more laudable. The Hub opened in September 2011.
New Construction Centre for Enfield
The College's new purpose-built Construction Centre is another investment of £2.2 million. In response to local need, we opened a Construction workshop at Enfield in January 2010. Each year around 200 students have trained in Construction skills at the workshop. In response to the overwhelming success of the project, we expanded this provision further with the development of the new Construction Centre, showing how our Enfield Centre meets the needs of our learners as well as the wider community.
Cafeteria and Collinwood refurbishment
We completed the refurbishment of our Cafeteria and the façade of our Collinwood building in September 2011. We are investing a further £2.5million to extend our cafeteria and dining facilities to seat 350 people. This will open in September 2012.
New entrance planned and Park Building refurbished
Work to refurbish our Park Building, erect a new building called The Link complete with new main entrance and reconfiguring of our front car park will begin 4 February and will complete late-September.
Governors approved the project, following a successful application to the Skills Funding Agency for £1.1 million.
The Park Building will be fully refurbished with new walls, windows and roof to provide thirteen teaching rooms. These will all be wireless enabled. These additional classrooms allow us to rationalise the use of teaching space in Collinwood and to manage the increased demand once the Ride Building is demolished. Park Building, Kingfisher House and the top floor of the Learner Hub will provide general classroom teaching space. Collinwood and Montagu will be developed as specialist provision for vocational subjects and ICT provision.
The Link Building will provide a new enclosed entrance to the College for learners, staff and visitors and provide a covered link between the front of Kingfisher and Park. The front car park will also be refurbished with a new gated entrance to make pedestrian and vehicle access safer and more controlled.
Implications for parking spaces now
The front car park of the Enfield Centre will be closed from late-January so that the building work can take place. The College will provide temporary parking opposite the sports hall from early February. In addition to the rear car park, some staff will be designated parking space at the Collinwood Entrance. Overall, this will ensure that we have the same number of spaces available at the Centre.
We are applying for planning permission to create new permanent car parking at the rear of the site on the area currently occupied by the old construction huts. This work is planned to be completed by the summer.
There will be a temporary pedestrian entrance to the College along the side of Kingfisher House for the rest of the academic year.
A plan of the building works will be on display in the Kingfisher Reception.
New School Development and Demolition of the Ride Building
The sale of the lease of land at the Ride Entrance has been completed and work on the site to create a new Primary School has commenced. The school is due to be complete by autumn.
The Ride Building will be demolished at the end of this academic year.
Working with Others
The College is working with a charity to build a specialist college for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. In this joint project, the College could donate land and the charity would provide additional funding. The specialist provision will focus on independent home based living rather than residential care.
New Education and Training Opportunities:
Our Enfield Centre symbolises innovation and new development. In recent years we have welcomed a partnership with Boreham Wood Football Club which has led to us having our very own Football Academy. In May 2011 the College’s team won the national Under-19 England Colleges Cup, earning the title of ‘National England College Champions’. In 2012 three of our players were chosen to play for the England College National Team, and one player gained a football scholarship at American University. Many of our players have played internationally and as well as pursuing a career in football these students are also able to study Construction and Sports Theory.
New hairdressing salon at the Tottenham and Enfield centres
The School of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at the Tottenham Centre had substantial refurbishment during 2011 resulting in two state-of-the-art hairdressing salons, a theatrical make-up salon and a vibrant new reception area. The Enfield Centre salons have also been refurbished and opened up for students in September 2012.
The new salons are equipped with modern furniture and equipment to undertake all aspects of hairdressing activities including treatments for all hair types. The surroundings have been aesthetically developed to ensure all clients can enjoy and relax to their maximum benefit whilst undertaking truly professional treatments.
Learners are benefitting from the modern salons and equipment, which is preparing them well for working in today’s industry. Existing and new clients have commented exceptionally favourably on our new resources, which compare well with the standards expected in the industry.
The salons are open to the general public during the week and bookings can be made to attend a variety of different treatments.