Ceremony marks official opening of new campus
24th November 2009 3:45pm - Return to press releases
East Riding College's new Bridlington campus was officially opened on November 27 by David Thacker, Chairman of the College's Governors.
The £17m building, in St Mary's Walk, opened to students in September following a 12-month construction programme.
The old campus has now been demolished and will eventually become a grass sports pitch and a multi-use games area.
Today's ceremony was an opportunity for a number of invited guests to see the new building at work and to tour its state-of-the-art facilities, as well as sampling a buffet prepared by catering students and staff.
Mr Thacker said: "I'm honoured to be asked to perform this ceremony and to commemorate the opening of our new Bridlington campus, which is the single most important development since the creation of East Riding College in 2002.
"I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in the planning and construction of this wonderful learning environment, and all those who worked so hard this summer to get it ready for the new academic year."
Principal Derek Branton said: "The opening ceremony is an opportunity for us to formally show many of the College's key partners around our new campus in Bridlington.
"By having the ceremony during a busy College day our guests can see the new College in full operation with students and staff benefiting from our new state of the art learning facilities. This is helping us provide the best possible further education to people in Bridlington and the north of the East Riding."
Jane Lyon, director of area for the LSC in the Humber, said: "This is an exciting time for East Riding College, and the new campus will pave the way to further improve and expand the learning and training opportunities on offer for young and adult learners and employers in Bridlington and surrounding areas.
"The new campus will also help to raise skills and aspirations in Bridlington and encourage more people to invest in learning and training - which is vital in the current economic climate."
The Bridlington campus has more than 40 classrooms and outstanding practical areas, such as construction and engineering workshops, kitchens and a restaurant, a travel agency and hair and beauty salons. It also features a modern refectory and a learning resource centre, which provides library and IT facilities.
For more information on East Riding College courses, visit the prospectuses pages, where it is possible to order or download a course guide, or call 0845 120 0037.
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Photographs of the opening ceremony will be available.