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Images show plans for college in Harrow’s £60m redevelopment

A Harrow college has revealed plans for a £60 million makeover, which would see the development of a new campus including a sports hall, dining room and laboratories. The current facilities at Stanmore College were described as ‘inadequate’ by the Department for Education (DfE).

Stanmore is one of 17 further education colleges that were selected for redevelopment as part of the DfE’s Capital Transformation Fund programme. Several of the current buildings date back to the 1960’s and are said to be “no longer fit for purpose” to deliver the curriculum and judged as having “one of the poorest campuses in the UK”.

Documents submitted to Harrow Council’s planning department outline plans for the phased demolition of six existing buildings on the site, which would be replaced by five interconnected blocks to improve teaching facilities.

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Stanmore College CGI. Six of the college’s existing buildings would be demolished and replaced by five new interconnected blocks. Image Credit: Jestico and Whiles. Permission to use with all LDRS

The new campus would contain teaching and study areas, laboratories, dining and assembly halls, a sports hall, a new special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) teaching space, and the creation of a secured central courtyard.

Stanmore College in Elm Park provides further education courses to around 2,731 young people and adults. The new facilities could see the number of pupils rise to 3,530, comprising roughly 1,840 16-18 year old students and 1,690 19+ students.

Residents have already raised concerns about traffic and parking issues around the school, as well as overflowing bins attracting rats, and are worried that increasing the number of students at the site will “compound the problem”.

One said: “If the intention is to allow more students, and more parking spaces, then there is already too much of both. I am also concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cars. The road is narrow and not designed as a main road.”

Another added: “There have been ongoing issues with pest control including rats from the college. Our neighbourhood is currently grappling with the challenges posed by the school’s current facilities, and an expansion of this magnitude is likely to compound the problems rather than address them.”

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Stanmore College CGI. Stanmore College has been awarded £60m by the Department for Education. Image Credit: Jestico and Whiles. Permission to use with all LDRS partners

The plans show an additional 82 car parking spaces would be provided – alongside 200 cycle spaces – but the Highways Authority also suggests that the developer would have to make financial contributions towards on-street parking and bus shelter improvements on Old Church Lane.

Blocks A, B and C would range from three to four storeys and comprise teaching zones for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The three-storey central hub, Block D, will serve as the new main entrance into the college for visitors and pupils.

Three-storey Block E would house the new sports block, with a cafe outside, which would be open to the local community. The college has indicated the sports could be used for a range of activities including basketball, football, indoor tennis, volleyball, cricket, badminton and handball. The Central Courtyard would be subdivided into four areas: amphitheatre; outdoor classroom; dining; and rain garden.

The plan will be reviewed by Harrow Council’s planning committee at an upcoming meeting (January 4) where a decision on whether the redevelopment can go ahead will be made.

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