£13.5m college plan for Lincolnshire Showground
A state-of-the-art £13.5 million agricultural college could be built at Lincolnshire Showground.
The 3,500 square metre centre would cater for hundreds of Bishop Burton College students from September 2015.
A halls of residence would eventually sit alongside labs, workshops, animal units and a working farm. The college’s local students currently attend courses at the Riseholme campus.
But with their Riseholme lease ending in 2020, Bishop Burton has decided to invest the huge sum on one of the county’s landmark sites to deliver specialist courses in agriculture, engineering and equine studies.
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They are currently in the final stages of securing grants for the scheme, and building work could begin next September. Events at the 200-acre showground, such as the Lincolnshire Show, would be unaffected by the development.
Jeanette Dawson, principal and chief executive of Bishop Burton College, said she wanted to create one of the top agricultural colleges in the country.
“That is our aim. Science and technology is crucial in agriculture and food production, and these facilities would be among the very best,” she said.
“Lincolnshire’s national contribution to food production is astonishing. We’re investing £13.5 million in Lincolnshire because agriculture, agrifood and agribusinesses are so crucial to the economy here.
“A county that is as important at providing agriculture as Lincolnshire needs to keep skilled workers within the county and encourage them to come here.We’re hoping it will be something of a flagship for Lincolnshire.”
Ms Dawson said the college had been working closely on the plans with West Lindsey District Council, and wanted to ensure as many local contractors as possible were used in the work. More detailed plans now have to be drawn up as the college seeks full approval for the scheme.
The new campus will run side by side with the current Riseholme campus, owned by the city’s university until 2020.
The eco-friendly site will help the college forge stronger links with the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, which owns the showground.
John Lockwood, chairman of the society, said: “The society is delighted and excited by the news of this project.Lincolnshire is the UK’s premier farming county and deserves first class educational facilities to provide that next generation of farmers, farm staff and advisors.”
Sam Elkington, senior partner at Hodgson Elkington LLP, was instrumental in bringing the deal about.
“I think this is massive news for the city and county,” he said. “It is an ambitious project but certainly deliverable.”
Plans are also taking shape for an eco-housing development on the showground, which will result in the construction of 18 homes, built to such a high standard that they will require no central heating