South Cheshire College
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|Type||Further Education College|
|Location||Dane Bank Avenue
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|DfE URN||130619 Tables|
South Cheshire College is a further education college, located in Crewe, England. The College is a single campus situated in a residential area about one mile from Crewe town center. The College is the sole provider of post-16 education in Crewe. It also attracts students from Nantwich, Alsager, Middlewich, Sandbach, Congleton and throughout South and East Cheshire. The College also provides courses for adults at a range of centres, including high street locations in Middlewich and Congleton.
South Cheshire College opened in 1966 and was officially opened by the Queen Mother in 1968. The engineers were the first to enter the College with one of the students being Tom Binkley who up until October 2009 when he retired was an engineering lecturer at the College.
The College building opened in 1966 was an eight-floor tower with different departments on each floor. It offered views from the top floor of the tower right across the Cheshire plain, to the Welsh hills in the West and the Peak district in the East.
This building was replaced by a brand new single campus building, started in 2008 and completed in 2010. The new campus is only 4 stories high (ground plus 3 floors) but occupies a larger footprint.
The design was driven by the requirement to retain an oak tree copse within the campus area; the site was designed around it. A crescent-shaped atrium curves around it on one side; on the other, a moat separates the green and copse from other parts of the campus. The Crescent atrium is the main social space of the College, with a 3-story glass wall all along the side facing the copse, and different building wings radiating away from it. Five buildings radiate from the Crescent site, including the Library building, distinctive with its orange and yellow external fins, and the Theatre building, which is circular and houses the 300-seat Centre Stage Theatre. The other three buildings are named East, West and North, based on the general direction each one faces. These house academic classrooms and vocational workshops.
South Cheshire College is open from 08:00 until 21:30 Mon-Thurs and 08:00 to 17:00 on Fridays, with the sports arena and Fitness Academy being open for additional specific weekend times. Bus services are available to people living out of Crewe; students have access to bus services and the local train. The College is a twenty-minute walk from Crewe railway station, and on the main road through Crewe, Nantwich Road, which has many buses running. The College is also a twenty-minute walk from Crewe Town Centre.
The College offers a large number of courses and is renowned for the lectures in its engineering department. The College offers the following subjects with hundreds of courses to choose from:
- Adult Community Learning
- Business, Finance and Administration
- Construction and Built Environment
- Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing
- English, Languages and Communication
- Hairdressing, Beauty and Complementary Therapies
- Health and Social Care
- Hospitality and Catering
- Information and Communication Technology
- Management and Professional
- Performing Arts
- Science and Mathematics
- Sport, Fitness and Public Services
- Travel and Tourism
- Visual Arts and Media
New campus design and buildings
In 2006 the governors of the College agreed to plans for design and construction of a new modern campus to be built on the same site. It replaced all current buildings. The college planned to sell the area of the main car park and some green land at the front of the College to be developed for housing. Plans for the new campus were posted at the College's website.
The new campus was completed in September 2010, ready to open its doors to incoming students. During October 2010, the demolition of the old campus was put on hold due to the discovery of asbestos in the buildings. Handling the asbestos required special environmental remediation measures to contain and remove this hazard. The demolition was completed in the summer of 2011.
The College offers a range of services to students, and to local residents and schools. Such examples are:
- Restaurant on the Crescent
- Centre Stage Theatre
- The Fitness Academy
- Starting Point Nursery
- Elements Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies Salons
- Dane Bank Travel Centre