First look: Phase two of Riseholme College Showground Campus

Riseholme College will open phase two of its Showground Campus to students for the first time at the start of the academic year next month.

The ambitious £12 million extension to the first phase of the campus includes a Sports and Health Science Centre and an Agri-Tech Health and Nutrition Centre.

The Lincolnite has been for a special look around the new campus. Take the tour here:

The Sports and Health Science Centre includes a state-of-the-art gym, an Olympic-standard mixed use sports hall and a flood-lit, all-weather 4G pitch. The Agri-Tech Health and Nutrition Centre includes modern laboratory and food science facilities.

Phase two of the campus, on Lincolnshire Showground, will enable Riseholme College to launch new courses in subjects including Sport, Food, Childcare, Public Services and Tourism.

It will also provide the platform for the college to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of not only its own students, but also that of the wider Lincolnshire population.

The new campus was built to complement the facilities at nearby Riseholme Park, which include a farm and Equine Centre – essential elements for the delivery of land-based education.

Both phases of the project have been delivered with Lincoln-based CAD Associates as the architects behind the new facilities.

Bill Meredith, Deputy Principal of Riseholme College. Photo: Sean Strange for The Lincolnite

Bill Meredith, Deputy Principal of Riseholme College. Photo: Sean Strange for The Lincolnite

Bill Meredith, Deputy Principal of Riseholme College, a part of Bishop Burton College, said: “[Phase two] will be open for use for all our students who might be studying things others than sport, as well as providing a base for our specialist sport and health subjects.”

Along with making a commitment to improving health and wellbeing, the college is also determined to help fill a skills gap identified in the region.

Bill added: “The total investment in the Showground Campus is £25 million and this really does represent a real commitment to Further Education, Higher Education, agri-food and health and wellbeing here in Lincolnshire.”

The first phase, which cost around £13 million, of the Riseholme Showground Campus opened last September, including an industry-leading Animal Management Unit, vast engineering workshops and a modern Learning Resource Centre (LRC).