£5.8m redevelopment of Pershore College officially opened
09.03.2016 TV gardener David Domoney officially
opened the £5.8m redevelopment of Pershore College at a celebratory
event with students, staff, local businesses and
David, who presents ITV’s Love Your Garden, and is a
former student of the college, cut the ribbon to officially open
the new contemporary glass building which includes a spectacular
Collections House, teaching rooms, laboratory, higher education
suite and business conference zone as well as a new library area
and reception featuring a ‘living wall’.
Guests were treated to tours of the college, as well
as a chance to try the Pershore College range of juices and ciders
and the microveg, microleaves and edible flowers the college
supplies to the Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge's.
Features of the new building are:
- State-of-the-art Collections
House where exotic plants can thrive, featuring permanent and
seasonal collections. The Collections House is environmentally
controlled through a sophisticated electronic management system to
control ventilation, humidity, heating and lighting. In addition to
protecting and enabling the plants to flourish in a
semi-Mediterranean climate, the systems are readily accessible to
students as a living demonstration of modern greenhouse
- STEM centre (science,
technology, engineering and maths) and agri-tech lab where students
will be able to learn about the newest innovations in the field,
such as sustainable horticulture, aquaponics (an enclosed
sustainable system where fish and plants grow together without the
need for additional chemicals) and the use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles) in supporting horticulture processes in growing
- New higher education suite for
students on degree programmes, including animal science, veterinary
nursing, horticulture and arboriculture
- New library
- Conferencing facilities and
Warwickshire College Group Principal and CEO, Angela
Joyce, said, “We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many of
our staff, students, partners and stakeholders here today to the
official opening of our stunning new building. A special thank you
must go to David Domoney for his wonderful speech - his perspective
as a former student was fascinating and I’m sure he has inspired
our current students.
“Over the last year Pershore College has seen probably
the biggest change in its long history with the construction of
this spectacular building and a refocusing of our curriculum. We
have embarked on a fresh, dynamic journey to meet the demands of
our new world and support key national priorities through the
delivery of skills, education and training.
“This building is a visible landmark of this ambition.
This investment will give all of our students - whether they are
studying animal welfare, veterinary nursing, arboriculture or
horticulture - an innovative, technologically-enhanced environment
to inspire and give them the skills needed for industry today.”
Speaking at the event, David Domoney said, “The
horticultural industry is phenomenal. It offers a diversity that
transcends other industries by the variety of our specialisation.
As educated horticulturalists we can become scientists, growers,
educators, retailers, artists, designers, architects, landscapers,
photographers, broadcasters, writers, pioneers and entrepreneurs.
The opportunity to control your destiny from an education here at
Pershore College is phenomenal.
“A career in horticulture is dynamic and varied,
exciting and profitable. This building is more than just a highly
functional education centre - its dramatic, iconic and spectacular
design is a beacon that shines to change the perception of a career
in horticulture. And that is why I’m very honoured to be here and
be a part of this day.”
Pershore College offers a range of courses in
horticulture, arboriculture, animal welfare, veterinary nursing and
more, including apprenticeships, full and part-time courses and
degrees. For more information, click here or call 0300 456 0049.