Riseholme College opens phase two of £24.5m Showground campus

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Riseholme College in Lincoln has officially opened its new campus buildings at the Lincolnshire Showground after an investment of £24.5 million.

The opening of the second phase of the campus was celebrated at an official ceremony attended by students, staff, dignitaries and supporters of the college on Friday, November 18.

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh officially cut the ribbon to open the new facilities alongside Chief Executive and Principal Jeanette Dawson and representatives from the college’s sporting partners, Leicester Tigers.

The £11.5 million second phase of the campus includes the Agri-Tech Health and Nutrition Centre.

There is also a Sports and Health Science Centre, which includes a fitness suite with state-of-the-art gym equipment, Olympic-standard mixed-use sports hall and flood-lit, all-weather pitch.

Phase two of the campus will enable the college to launch new courses in subjects including Food, Sport, Childcare, Public Services and Tourism.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Riseholme College, a part of Bishop Burton College, said: “One year ago we were celebrating the opening of the first phase of the Riseholme Showground Campus.

“Twelve months on, we are here to officially open phase two of the campus – which, again, has been delivered on time and to budget.”

Phase one of the campus opened last year and includes an industry leading Animal Management Unit, engineering workshops and a modern Learning Resource Centre.

Kathy Fenn, 20, from Naffington, near Stamford, is in the second year of a Foundation Degree in Agriculture at the College. She said:

“The facilities here are really great and make it easy to focus on your studies.”

The ceremony was also used to launch the College’s new Rugby Academy, in partnership with Premiership rugby club, Leicester Tigers.