Opening of the McLaren Building – April 2016

The College has recently held an official opening of the McLaren Building which houses Art, Science and Media Studies classrooms.  The building has been named after long-standing Chair of Governors, Gilmour McLaren, who has been associated with the College’s Governing Body since the 1990s.  
 
 The building was previously the Science Department, prior to this being relocated to a new-build in 2009.  Since that time the building had been in disrepair and not ‘fit for purpose’ until total refurbishment commenced with the help of a combination of DfE grants, College funds and funding from The Wolfson Foundation.  The building has now been refurbished to a very high standard, exceeding current thermal insulation levels and accommodates 5 dedicated art classrooms, a kiln room, screen printing room, 2 science laboratories, a science preparation room, 2 media rooms, a media studio, a computer room and 2 further classrooms.  The area in front of the building has also been landscaped and there is a new staff car park.  The total cost of refurbishment works and fit out was approximately £1.5m.
 
 A number of guests attended the official opening, including representatives from the Governing Body, staff and students of the College.  Mike Sandeman, Head of College, said that naming the building after Gilmour McLaren went a small way to acknowledging the vast contribution he had made to improvements at the College, in terms of infrastructure, resources and strong leadership.  The building is just part of a major refurbishment programme at the College which has taken place over the last 8 years and will enrich the learning environment of the young people it serves for many years to come.
 
MIKE SANDEMAN
Head of College