Northumberland College to relocate to new Ashington site

A new campus for college students has taken a major step forward.

By David Sedgwick
Friday, 8th April 2022, 12:25 pm
Northumberland College is to relocate its main Ashington campus to a new site in the centre of the town.

Northumberland College has acquired a large plot of land in central Ashington to relocate its provision.

The college has purchased the land on Wansbeck Business Park from Advance Northumberland, to be developed by the Department of Education (DfE).

Ellen Thinnesen, Chief Executive of Education Partnership North East, which incorporates Northumberland College, Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form, said: “Our new Ashington Campus will transform our provision and create a fresh, modern and innovative environment for our students.

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"The new campus will also provide a stimulus for central Ashington and a big boost for local retailers.

“We’re delighted to be working with DfE, Advance Northumberland, Ashington Town Board and other partners on our plan to relocate our provision to a central site where we can create an inspiring learning focused environment for our students, staff, employers and the wider community.”

Cllr Jeff Watson, Chair of Advance Northumberland, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to support Northumberland College in this project.

“Ultimately there’s going to be a state-of-the-art campus in the centre of Ashington which I’m sure will be a real boost not just for Northumberland College but the whole of the town and the wider area.

"The ambitions of Northumberland College mirror the ambitions of Advance Northumberland and we’re looking forward to helping them as this scheme moves forward.”

John Johnston, Chair of the Ashington Town Board, added: “The college’s purchase of the land for the new campus is fantastic news.

"Under the new leadership team and board of Northumberland College phenomenal progress has been made in recent years.

“The new campus in the town centre will provide state-of-the art facilities for students to match the excellent standard of teaching and support the college now provides.

"This is an anchor project in wider plans that are being developed for Ashington that will deliver significant positive change for the town centre.”

The purchased land is an hour-glass shape and the college’s plans for the site include three buildings housing classrooms, technical industry workshops, specialist facilities, immersion and simulated learning environments and offices; a car park and sports facilities.

A planning application for the new campus will be submitted to Northumberland County Council over the coming months.