Bradford campus plans in limbo

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of what the new Bradford College will look like An artist's impression of what the new Bradford College will look like

Bradford College’s plans for a new £120 million campus are in limbo after Government funding for the key development has been put on hold.

The Learning and Skills Council, the body responsible for allocating funds, has frozen the Building Colleges for the Future programme as there is not enough money left in the pot after an influx of bids.

The current round of spending has already allocated £2.3 billion to improving college buildings and more than £2bn has been spent since the scheme began in 1997.

Bradford is now among dozens of other colleges which have received approval in principle, but now face an uncertain future over plans to transform their campuses.

A review is currently taking place to prioritise the 79 schemes that have passed the first stage and the 65 schemes from colleges which have just submitted their bids. Together they total £5.7bn of extra funding required.

The college said it had gone ahead in good faith after discussing its plans fully with the LSC and has invested more than £2m in progressing the project for final approval.

Michele Sutton, Bradford College principal and chief executive, described the campus plans as “one of the most innovative learning environments in the country”.

She said: “After receiving assurances by the LSC throughout the process that funding would be available to fund the development, this news comes as a very nasty shock.

“The development is integral to the regeneration of the City of Bradford and is a key feature of the Learning Quarter. Bradford College is at the forefront of delivering education and skills to 23,000 school leavers, businesses and adults and increasingly more who have been affected by the recession, so it is vital that we receive this investment.

And Bradford Council leader Councillor Kris Hopkins described the situation as “nothing short of scandalous”.

“This is a major blow for the College, local students and also the district’s economy given the number of jobs that would have been created. Clearly, if the Government had wanted the scheme to be progressed then it would have happened,” he said.

A £96m funding application was submitted to the LSC and the first stage of approval was granted last year. It follows funding of the first phase of the college’s accommodation strategy, Trinity Green Campus, for which the LSC provided funding of ten per cent.

The second phase, the £120m campus, is to be built on the site of the college’s Westbrook and Randall Well buildings and Alexandra car park, off Great Horton Road. It will cover an area of 37,500 square metres and the target date for completion is 2012.

Gerry Sutcliffe, MP for Bradford South and Minister for Sport, said: “Obviously we all want Bradford College’s fantastic plans to be a top priority for the LSC and I’m sure that all of the district’s politicians, whatever their party, will get behind the College’s lobbying campaign.”

An LSC spokesman said: “Clearly, there are more schemes currently presenting applications than can be funded in this spending round and not all schemes can be implemented in the original timescales envisaged. We will consult urgently, and as quickly as possible, with the Association of Colleges and other key sector organisations on proposals and a strategy for prioritisation for future projects.”

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7:09am Thu 19 Mar 09

jkelly says...

Knock me down with a feather!
Knock me down with a feather! jkelly
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7:17am Thu 19 Mar 09

keeponclucking says...

I wonder if Bradford Council have ever thought of putting a book together containing all the artist impressions of things that were supposed to be developed in Bradford & never came to fruition
I wonder if Bradford Council have ever thought of putting a book together containing all the artist impressions of things that were supposed to be developed in Bradford & never came to fruition keeponclucking
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8:04am Thu 19 Mar 09

Collos says...

Who would have thought for one minute that this government of honest upright men and women would renage on a promise.As previously said we could have an art gallery full of artists impressions and then an exhibition of building sites in different states of completion what a circus.By the way it has been known for many weeks that the second part of the funding was to be cancelled only they didn't bother to tell anybody.
Who would have thought for one minute that this government of honest upright men and women would renage on a promise.As previously said we could have an art gallery full of artists impressions and then an exhibition of building sites in different states of completion what a circus.By the way it has been known for many weeks that the second part of the funding was to be cancelled only they didn't bother to tell anybody. Collos
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9:04am Thu 19 Mar 09

emma72 says...

Given that Linda Barker is the official representative of Bradford Regeneration can someone give her £500 and let her work her magic!!!!


security word: hole-same HOW APPROPRIATE
Given that Linda Barker is the official representative of Bradford Regeneration can someone give her £500 and let her work her magic!!!! security word: hole-same HOW APPROPRIATE emma72
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9:24am Thu 19 Mar 09

webess says...

I think some posters are in need of school level education never mind college.

Article makes it obvious that this is due to national funding issues.
I think some posters are in need of school level education never mind college. Article makes it obvious that this is due to national funding issues. webess
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10:52am Thu 19 Mar 09

Breen says...

Oh just for everyones information, Ms Sutton (OBE) is getting a 14% rise in her wage.......... almost 200k me has heard!!!
But throughly deserved mind......
Oh just for everyones information, Ms Sutton (OBE) is getting a 14% rise in her wage.......... almost 200k me has heard!!! But throughly deserved mind...... Breen
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12:25pm Thu 19 Mar 09

spinnekop says...

Oh FFS!!!
Oh FFS!!! spinnekop
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2:38pm Thu 19 Mar 09

Dr Evil says...

webess wrote:
I think some posters are in need of school level education never mind college.

Article makes it obvious that this is due to national funding issues.
This is indeed about National funding issues & the College is by no means alone in being screwed over by a thoroughly incompetent Government. They have to go.
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: I think some posters are in need of school level education never mind college. Article makes it obvious that this is due to national funding issues.[/p][/quote]This is indeed about National funding issues & the College is by no means alone in being screwed over by a thoroughly incompetent Government. They have to go. Dr Evil
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4:05pm Thu 19 Mar 09

emma72 says...

webess wrote:
I think some posters are in need of school level education never mind college.

Article makes it obvious that this is due to national funding issues.
We're all well aware this is a national funding issue - its just adds to the mess bradfords in at the minute!!!

One would hope that given that Bradford is alledgedly in the middle of a programme of regeneration that we would be high on the priorities list.

I do however find it laughable that Councillor Kris Hopkins described the situation as “nothing short of scandalous”. WHAT ABOUT THE DIRTY GREAT BIG HOLE IN THE CITY CENTRE COUNCILLOR HOPKINS!!!!
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: I think some posters are in need of school level education never mind college. Article makes it obvious that this is due to national funding issues.[/p][/quote]We're all well aware this is a national funding issue - its just adds to the mess bradfords in at the minute!!! One would hope that given that Bradford is alledgedly in the middle of a programme of regeneration that we would be high on the priorities list. I do however find it laughable that Councillor Kris Hopkins described the situation as “nothing short of scandalous”. WHAT ABOUT THE DIRTY GREAT BIG HOLE IN THE CITY CENTRE COUNCILLOR HOPKINS!!!! emma72
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5:33pm Thu 19 Mar 09

MP says...

Its a little unfair to criticise Cllr Hopkinks, after all he has been really busy recently ensuring that some obscure bit of modern art in Keighley is not moved in case it offends anyone who might just vote for him in the next election. Incidentally national funding issues do not affect everyone, in any downturn governments always cut funds to Councils that are not controlled by the same part as themselves....hence the deafening silence from Ian Greenwood. Thanks Cllr Naylor, the Toby Jug of Regeneration is not involved...
Its a little unfair to criticise Cllr Hopkinks, after all he has been really busy recently ensuring that some obscure bit of modern art in Keighley is not moved in case it offends anyone who might just vote for him in the next election. Incidentally national funding issues do not affect everyone, in any downturn governments always cut funds to Councils that are not controlled by the same part as themselves....hence the deafening silence from Ian Greenwood. Thanks Cllr Naylor, the Toby Jug of Regeneration is not involved... MP
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7:46pm Thu 19 Mar 09

Al Spade says...

I thought Prudence Brown had said that the way out of this recession (depression?) was to spend on publically funded projects? But as a previous poster has said they obviously don't like the colour of this council and Cllr greenwood is doing his "nothing to do with me Gov" act. Now, had he been in charge of the council and a Tory government had cut the funding.......
I thought Prudence Brown had said that the way out of this recession (depression?) was to spend on publically funded projects? But as a previous poster has said they obviously don't like the colour of this council and Cllr greenwood is doing his "nothing to do with me Gov" act. Now, had he been in charge of the council and a Tory government had cut the funding....... Al Spade
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9:38am Fri 20 Mar 09

Welcome To The New World Order says...

Same old story. Typical! Somewhere, in another Dimension of reality, there exists a perfect Bradford, with swish new buildings, thriving businesses, a buoyant economy and full employment....in the minds of the Council and the City Planners.
Same old story. Typical! Somewhere, in another Dimension of reality, there exists a perfect Bradford, with swish new buildings, thriving businesses, a buoyant economy and full employment....in the minds of the Council and the City Planners. Welcome To The New World Order
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9:42pm Sat 21 Mar 09

ellam93 says...

i think this is rediculos as i am a student of bradford college. the course im studyind we have been told since last oct/nov that we are moving premesis but as the finuding has run out this may not be happening, i find it very frustrationg as we are getting told one thing then another. as for ms sutton giving herself a 14% pay rise wot a joke!
i think this is rediculos as i am a student of bradford college. the course im studyind we have been told since last oct/nov that we are moving premesis but as the finuding has run out this may not be happening, i find it very frustrationg as we are getting told one thing then another. as for ms sutton giving herself a 14% pay rise wot a joke! ellam93
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