Plans for a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (Steam) academy building at Bridgend College in Pencoed have been submitted.
The proposal involves relocating the engineering, automotive and technical faculties from Bridgend College’s Cowbridge Road campus to the Pencoed site placing it alongside the college’s existing construction academy.
The 8,500 sq m new facility will include:
• Mechanical and electrical engineering workshops
• Motor vehicle workshops
• Science laboratories
• Standard teaching classrooms
• IT classrooms
• Café and social spaces
• Multi-purpose hall
• Staff rooms and support spaces
The proposals also include 168 new parking spaces for students and staff as well as an external service yard area next to the new engineering and motor vehicle workshops.
It is envisaged that the proposed building will generate an additional 1,000 students and an additional 60 members of staff.
With timetabling of lessons the college points out that all of the additional students and staff will not be accessing the site at the same time, saying there will be about 200 additional students at the campus per day.
The college says the existing buildings at Bridgend’s Cowbridge Road campus, which are used for heavy engineering, electrical engineering and automotive engineering, are in poor condition and will be demolished to create space for further campus improvements, such as improved car parking facilities.
A later phase of the college’s estates strategy involves moving the Cowbridge Road site into the town centre.
The college points out that while a move into town would be suitable for some aspects of the college’s educational provision, it would be inappropriate or heavy industry, construction, engineering and other elements of the Steam curriculum.
The new building is intended to become the main reception building for the Pencoed campus.
It will be built on land currently occupied by old greenhouses and potting shed structures which will be demolished.
Around 500 photovoltaic panels are proposed to be located on the roof and there will be six electric car charging parking bays provided.
The college states that the Steam Academy’s location, next to the digital creative cluster located in Pencoed Technology Park, will help develop closer working relationships between the college and companies nearby.
The application number is P/18/1003/FUL
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