Almost £4m in capital funding has been secured by Lambeth College to carry out the ‘Phase 2’ redevelopment of its Clapham centre.
Having recently been granted planning permission from Lambeth Council for the development of a new sports hall, learning resource centre, nursery, health and social care facilities and a Healthy Gourmet Café for LLDD learners, this latest Government funding is set to form part of a £12m investment.
Lambeth College launched Phase 1 of its redevelopment strategy in 2013, which saw the unveiling of London’s first Learning Street, featuring a hair and beauty salon, spa, training kitchens, restaurant and theatre. The vast and unique range of facilities enabled the College to be credited as London’s first Careers College, offering young learners practical experience in managing their own business and enterprise.
The funding, granted by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), will allow for the completion of ‘The Street’ which will be equipped with new facilities supporting curriculum areas of sport, travel and tourism, uniformed public service, health and early years as well as provision for adult skills and Learners with Learning Difficulties and/ or Disabilities (LLDD).
Chuka Umunna MP, whose constituency covers Clapham, said: “I have been happy to support Lambeth College’s plans to create new vocational facilities and complete the redevelopment of their excellent Clapham Centre. I am delighted that the College has received this funding, which will help local young people to develop the skills they need to succeed in their future careers.”
Mark Silverman, principal and chief executive of Lambeth College, said: “I am delighted that we can now push on to secure completion of the Clapham redevelopment project; a major milestone, allowing us to continue firmly on the path towards becoming an outstanding Careers College.”
The College is in support of the Government’s agenda to increase employability by 2015, with a strong stance on developing the skills of young people in areas relevant to business and employers.
This announcement comes after plans for the Brixton Hill campus of Lambeth College include the site being redeveloped as a free school.