Next steps for the Dewsbury Learning Quarter development
On 17 January 2017, our Cabinet approved the release of funding that will provide new educational facilities in Dewsbury Town Centre.
Cabinet decided to release funding of £2.9M to support a programme of works which will result in the transformation of Pioneer House.
What will Pioneer House become?
The transformation will turn the iconic building into a key element of a new Dewsbury campus for Kirklees College.
It will be a centre for higher level skills, apprenticeships and post-19 studies, specialising in creative and digital media and art, healthcare, business and finance. If proposals are agreed by Cabinet, works will start at Pioneer House in February 2017.
A new purpose-built facility will also be developed by Kirklees College on the Bradford Road site, next to Lidl, mainly for full time students aged 16 to 18, and will include specialist areas for foundation learning in construction and motor vehicle courses.
The two new centres will replace the current premises of the College’s Dewsbury Centre and Batley School of Art, both located on Halifax Road. Kirklees College plans to open the ‘Dewsbury Learning Quarter’ in 2018.
Redevelopment of Dewsbury
This is the first major scheme in the North Kirklees Growth Zone (NKGZ) project – a long term regeneration programme that will promote transformational change in the town.
The redevelopment of Pioneer House, is the ‘critical project’ of the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a £3.7m regeneration programme which is jointly funded by Kirklees Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is a clear indication of the Council’s commitment to the transformation of Dewsbury as part of the NKGZ initiative.
What our partners think:
Dewsbury Learning Quarter is being supported with significant funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Capital Fund.
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP said: “I’m delighted to see another project in our overall £79m programme of investment in new, world-class college facilities moving forward.
Central to our ambition is ensuring that all young people in our City Region have access to fulfilling career opportunities, and that businesses are able to find employees with the right mix of skills to grow.
As well as supporting the creation state-of-the-art college facilities, I’m thrilled our investment will help to provide young people with high quality skills in growing industry sectors that match future labour market demand.”