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Plans revealed for industry-leading ‘Digital Building’

Plans to demolish a temporary teaching block and construct a new-build three-storey 'digital building' have been revealed by Cirencester College.

'Digital Building' CGI. Picture: Roberts Limbrick Architects

Designed by Gloucester-based Roberts Limbrick Architects, the new block will act as a frontage to the college and the scheme hopes to provide flexible and industry learning spaces for students.

Site plan of the new building. Picture: Roberts Limbrick Architects

The facility will provide an atrium space for student-led working and flexible teaching able to be used for large group presentations and a Computer Engineering Lab alongside additional classrooms and incubation offices for business start-ups.

A design and access statement submitted with the plans said that the project was centred around "improving the existing facilities, and future proofing the college in terms of the access to digital technology and the creation of spaces that are flexible enough to respond to changes in the curriculum - in particular T-levels."

It added that the new three storey block to the front of the college would "incorporate flexible spaces capable of delivering a wide variety of teaching accommodation".

Ground floor plan of the new building. Picture: Roberts Limbrick Architects

In December 2019, the college announced it would be at the forefront of the new T-level qualifications. Currently the only provider of this type of tuition across the region, it is claimed T-levels will revolutionise technical and professional education.

From September 2020, courses in Digital: Software Development and Production will be available to students, with Digital: Support and Services and Digital: Business Services following in 2021.

At the time of the announcement, college principal Jim Grant said: "The UK lags behind Germany and other Northern European nations in its technical education. After many false starts, T -levels look like the real deal in addressing this. We have been impressed with the care that is being taken to get them right.

"They are challenging but will equip students to succeed and will provide a genuine alternative route into well paid careers.

"We are convinced that they are the future of technical and professional education and are delighted to be selected as the first school or college in our region to deliver them."

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