Turf cut for new state-of-the-art Agri-tech and Science building

By Ben Carey on 28 February, 2020

Wiltshire College & University Centre has started work on its new state-of-the-art Agri-tech and Science building.

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 safer.

“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.