Ribbon cut on £7m Blackburn College addition

Blackburn College has opened its £7m Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre, giving students state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, maths and media facilities.

Sir BillStudents will have access to world-leading facilities, technologies and learning techniques in subjects including engineering, cnstruction, environmental sustainability, media technology and music technology.

Principal Ian Clinton said: “The opening of the Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre is a statement of the university and college’s clear commitment to expanding the support we give to business locally, regionally and increasingly nationally and internationally.

“This new centre will enable us to add value not only to individuals whether they be full time students or employees, but also with a particular focus on adding value to a company by offering bespoke training, skills and development opportunities."

The Centre, dedicated to the chairman of the Corporation Board of Blackburn College and the former leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, contains a replica eco-house, advanced manufacturing workshops, a TV studio, radio station and a cinema. It covers an internal area of 2,866 square metres and contains in excess of 30 teaching spaces, five laboratories and three electrical workshops.