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A multi-million pound project to rebuild Kensington and Chelsea College's Hortensia Campus is set to change the face of local learning.
The 100 year-old building on Hortensia Road is being replaced with a modern seven floor campus that promises to bring 21st century learning to the Royal Borough.
Designed by the architects who transformed The Royal Opera House and The National Portrait Gallery, the new site blends an inspirational learning environment with the latest in creative technology.
Spacious fashion studios, professional Mac Design Suites, an exhibition hall, and vibrant café area are among the eye-catching features students will benefit from under the £15 million make-over project.
Half a million has also been invested in cutting edge technology, with open plan learning areas fitted with IT stations and plasma screens to complement class room learning.
Described as the biggest building project of its kind in Kensington and Chelsea College's history, the new eco-friendly campus will use energy efficient lighting and have more cycle bays to encourage greener travel among staff and students.
Lifts will also mean increased access facilities for disabled students.
Kensington and Chelsea College Principal, Mike Jutsum, said: 'Providing our students with the best learning environment and resources to succeed is at the heart of everything we do as a college. The new, redesigned Hortensia Campus is built on that vary ethos and promises students a fresh, modern and vibrant learning space.'
The innovative building design by architects Dixon Jones includes a grand feature staircase, extending from the ground floor to a balcony on the third and prominent use of natural light to create brighter open spaces.
Windows are also a focal feature of the design to allow students to learn in naturally ventilated rooms and reduce the need for air conditioning systems.
Paul Jolly, Associate Architect at Dixon Jones, said: 'It's an exciting time for us as we're now in the stages of seeing the building emerging on site. We're enjoying working alongside Wates, the main contractor, and have every confidence they will deliver the high-quality institution that Kensington and Chelsea College deserves.'