New residential accommodation unveiled for Oaklands College St Albans campus

PUBLISHED: 08:32 07 August 2020

Brand new residential house for Oaklands College unveiled. Picture: Oaklands College

Brand new residential house for Oaklands College unveiled. Picture: Oaklands College

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A brand new residential accommodation has been revealed at Oaklands College’s St Albans campus.

The new accommodation can house up to 80 students. Picture: Oaklands CollegeThe new accommodation can house up to 80 students. Picture: Oaklands College

College principal Zoe Hancock attended the unveiling ceremony of the first of a four-phase redevelopment of the campus last week.

The development will house more than 80 residential students, and boasts two large communal areas, two shared kitchens and under-floor heating throughout.

The ribbon was cut, marking the end of phase one of the redevelopment of the St Albans campus. Picture: Oaklands CollegeThe ribbon was cut, marking the end of phase one of the redevelopment of the St Albans campus. Picture: Oaklands College

There will also be a dedicated recreational area with a basketball court at the rear of the building.

Zoe said: “It is incredibly rewarding to see the finished residential homestead, a building which will transform the learning experience and opportunities at Oaklands College.”

The ribbon was cut, marking the end of phase one of the redevelopment of the St Albans campus. Picture: Oaklands CollegeThe ribbon was cut, marking the end of phase one of the redevelopment of the St Albans campus. Picture: Oaklands College

Joining Zoe on site were key members of the project representing Willmott Dixon and Fusion Project Management, as well as Oaklands College facilities manager John Hatchett.

They were also joined by former Oaklands College student Euan Beaddie, who helped assist with the building management throughout the lockdown period, and cut the ribbon to officially open the facilities.

The ceremony also marked the begining of phase two, which will see teaching blocks developed. Picture: Oaklands CollegeThe ceremony also marked the begining of phase two, which will see teaching blocks developed. Picture: Oaklands College

The event also marked start of phase two of the redevelopment, which focuses on providing a brand new general teaching block, containing 49 new classrooms, offices for curriculum staff and house the pathway for special needs provision.

Simon Ramage, director at Willmott Dixon said, “We are pleased to have handed over the residential homestead building to Oaklands College ready for the students to return to in September.

The ceremony also marked the begining of phase two, which will see teaching blocks developed. Picture: Oaklands CollegeThe ceremony also marked the begining of phase two, which will see teaching blocks developed. Picture: Oaklands College

“As a former student of Oaklands College I’m delighted to be part of the journey, and we are now focused on the start of the build for the brand-new teaching block.”

To read more about the full, four-phase redevelopment of Oaklands College, oaklands.ac.uk/about-us/college-campuses/st-albans-campus/st-albans-campus-redevelopment.

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