CAPEL MANOR COLLEGE TO BUILD NEW TRAINING CENTRE AT CRYSTAL PALACE – BUT WHERE?
Capel Manor College has been successful in an £4.9million capital bid to create new state-of-the-art education facilities at Crystal Palace.
The college says it will move from its current location in Crystal Palace park to a brand new facility but their announcement doesn’t say where. The original Crystal Palace park Masterplan was to build the new centre next to Ledrington Road on the far side of the open rail line facing Crystal Palace station.
The college says the funding means it can now realise its ambition to create an outstanding land-based education and training facility for south east London, working closely with Bromley council, the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the local community.
Crystal Palace park farm, managed by the college, will benefit from a complete refurbishment, creating new classroom space and enclosures for the animals and other new classrooms and facilities will be created nearby.
Malcolm Goodwin, principal of Capel Manor College said: “Crystal Palace park is steeped in history and horticulture and landscaping were fundamentally important to the heydays of the park.
“This is our opportunity to help return the park to its full glory, whilst training and educating the next generation of landscape and gardening experts along with tree surgeons and animal specialists.
“It will be an enormous boost for students and bring real benefits to the local community in Crystal Palace and south east London.
“As London’s only specialist land-based college, our doors are open to students of all levels. “We share our college’s facilities with the public and work closely with the community.
“Capel offers the largest and best range of land based provision in London and these new high quality facilities and classrooms will enable students to equip themselves with the skills and experience they need to get rewarding jobs working with animals, the environment and green space anywhere in the world.
“We are also creating a brand new farm and zoological collections and that, together with the horticulture courses, will enable students to get real practical experience working in Crystal Palace park.
“All the rich echoes of the past can be brought to life again using the energy and creative talents of students in our high tech world.”
Centre manager Andrew Smith says: “The news of our successful bid sent the morale to another level and anticipation of what the future holds is overwhelming. The college is a great asset to the community and the young people in South East London”
Cllr Peter Morgan, Bromley council’s executive member for renewal and recreation said: “Bromley are continuing with the programme for regenerating the park and the potential expansion of Capel Manor College forms an important part of our ambitious plans for the park.”
No start date for works has been announced. The news comes as the college begins celebrations for its 50th anniversary. To find out more about the College’s plans for its new facilities, please call 0303 003 1234.
- The bid has been approved by London’s Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).LEAP, chaired by the Mayor of London, made available £114 million of funding for investment into estate and equipment for London’s skills providers over the next four years.
The aim of this fund is to:
respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates
support increased levels of apprenticeship delivery and/or progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study
establish strong and innovative partnership with employers and local stakeholders.
This fund forms part of the £434 million funding allocation to LEAP from Government to invest into the Capital’s regeneration projects and help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth. (Source: Capel Manor College)