£2 Million improvement for St Mary's

Published on 02 April 2015

A  £2 Million new property will enhance St Mary's Street when it opens later this year.

When completed the educational centre which is part of Bedford College will blend in with the street scape on St Mary’s including College House, said to be the oldest brick built property in the town.

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE said: “Our site has developed over decades – some of it with buildings which are not seen as ‘things of beauty’. However we are replacing it jigsaw piece by jigsaw piece, as finances allow and as the college expands.

“We have turned the 1950s workshop block into a shining eco-beacon with our turbine-topped Brundtland Building – it looks fantastic and saves energy.

“We have removed the unsightly old bus garage which used to be the art block and replaced it with the riverside South Bank Arts Centre.

“Now we can improve the St Mary’s Street boundary with a building which is keeping with the area.”

Ashe Construction are working closely with Bedford College to demonstrate their joint commitment to training for the construction industry – especially in the modern areas of sustainable design and build.

A careers in construction & sustainability event is being held at Bedford College on May 19th which will include activities for pupils from neighbouring schools.

*Funding was announced in February for a £4.5 Million Advanced Engineering Centre to be built beside the tower block on the same college campus.

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