Wiltshire College &
University Centre has started work on its new state-of-the-art Agri-tech and
A ceremony took place in
February at the Lackham campus with Principal and CEO Amanda Burnside and
Michelle Donelan MP cutting the first turf, alongside Peter Wragg, Deputy Chair
of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local
Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).
The Agri-tech building,
which will become the centrepiece of the Lackham campus, forms part of a
£22million investment by the government through the SWLEP into the
College’s Salisbury and Lackham campuses.
Amanda Burnside said, “Technology offers real opportunities
for farmers to increase productivity, protect the environment and make farming
“This investment in the Lackham campus will enable students
here to learn about and train in some of the latest technologies and
facilities, enabling our future agricultural workforce to develop and maintain
a competitive edge and protect our increasingly important rural economy.”
Michelle Donelan, who has recently been named universities
minister, added, “I’m really impressed at what is being done here at Lackham. The
£9.2million investment is fantastic for the county and will help not only my
constituents but many more people further afield.”
The College was also pleased to welcome representatives from the SWLEP,
the High Sheriff of Wiltshire David Scott, the architects AWW and other dignitaries.
The first phase of the £9million development
works at the College’s specialist land-based campus began in September and has seen the former Animal
Centre and outdoor enclosures demolished to make way for modern,
industry-standard facilities, which are currently under construction.
The project has also seen
the transformation of the manor house into a Higher Education Teaching Centre,
enabling the College to grow its university-level offering over the next two
years to include degrees in Environmental Science and Sustainability and HND’s
in Agri-tech and Agri-Business Management.
Click here for more information about the developments at the Lackham campus or to find out more about the courses on offer.
Pictured: Peter Wragg, Amanda Burnside and Michelle Donelan MP cut the turf at Lackham.