Guisborough based College continues campus redevelopment
The development of Prior Pursglove College’s campus continues, with the full refurbishment of the Guisborough based sixth form college’s Student Services area and visitor reception in full swing.
Principal Judy Burton said, “The College continues to be at the forefront of 16-19 year-old education and we are taking every opportunity to provide first class facilities for our students.”
This development follows a £1.5 million building project of a dedicated Arts and Media Centre which officially opened in December and a half million pound refurbishment of the science labs, providing an excellent range of specialist equipment and facilities. A new state of the art gym is also open and is free for students and staff to use.
The Student Services building has been designed by DKS Architects and is being built by Wharton Construction. The project is due to be completed ready for the new intake and return of students in September 2013.
John Zoryk, Assistant Principal at Prior Pursglove College, said, “The College’s Student Services entrance is to be transformed to create an immediate recognisable focal point for both visitors and students. It will improve accessibility and help enhance the services offered to College users, by collecting all the essential provision into one area.
“Social areas for students including the College’s Learning Café facilities will be extended and also modernised by increasing natural light and ventilation. The extended student area is designed to blend sympathetically with the College’s existing established buildings, some dating back to 1887, and has its external doors opening onto one of the attractive remodelled courtyards, with mature trees and seating, thus enabling the space to be used for outdoor concerts and performances in the warmer months.”
There has been educational provision on the site since 1561, with the College celebrating a 450th anniversary in 2011. The modern facilities of today are a far cry from when Robert Pursglove founded Guisborough Grammar School as a charitable school for poor boys in the 16th century.