A £13m redevelopment project at Harrow College to create state-of-the-art facilities for construction and digital skills training is underway thanks to some money from the Mayor of London.
The college’s Harrow-on-the-Hill campus is undergoing an £8 million refurbishment and redevelopment to create a Digital and Skills for Work Academy, updating classroom spaces for IT and ESOL courses, an improved reception area, a new sports hall, and a new canteen area and social spaces. At the Harrow Weald site £5m has transformed one of the existing buildings into a modern facility for construction training.
Pat Carvalho, Principal of Harrow College, said: “This generous funding from the Skills for Londoners fund is an extremely welcome contribution to ensuring Harrow College continues to provide state-of-the-art-facilities to support young people and adults in gaining the skills they need. As well as our broader offer, both construction and digital skills are core needs for London, regional and national employers and we are proud to be in a position to be developing cutting edge provision to support these vital economic areas.”
At Harrow-on-the-Hill, the front-facing Armstrong building will be critically important in terms of both day-to-day delivery of courses and programmes and as a high-profile gateway into the campus. This project will complete by the end of 2020. At the college’s Harrow Weald site, the Newton building has been transformed into a construction training centre where students will be able to learn hands-on skills. Indeed, our first cohort started in September.
The work at Harrow-on-the-Hill is funded with Â£5.3m from the Skills for Londoners fund (SfL), and at Harrow Weald just over £1.4m is being contributed by the Mayor’s Construction Academy fund, with the remainder being met by HCUC, the merged college group for Harrow College and Uxbridge College.
The SfL capital fund and Mayor’s Construction Academy fund are funded through the LEAP (London Economic Action Partnership) and HM Government.