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New technology institute planned for Riseholme College Showground campus

Latest build as part of move from college’s former home

Riseholme College is planning a new Institute of Technology building at its Lincolnshire Showground campus.

Bishop Burton College has asked West Lindsey District Council for permission to expand its facilities on the Horncastle Lane site in North Carlton.

The institute will train students in “precision agriculture, including the use of satellite technology and drones”.

It will feature two small classrooms and facilities attached to a large multi-purpose space to be used for workshops and training.

Documents before the authority said: “The aim of the IoT’s is to create more opportunities by providing clear routes into skilled employment and pathways for progression that are on a par with academic routes.

How the new Institute of Technology would fit into the college’s new campus.

“They will widen the participation of learners from all backgrounds, help to reduce inequality and improve social mobility through unlocking and enabling potential.

“And they will respond specifically to the skills needs of their areas, playing a role in generating economic growth and tackling disparities across regions, now and in the future.”

Funding has come from a bid to a £170m government pot which Bishop Burton applied for with York College.

The development is part of a more than £24.5 million phased withdrawal from the college’s former Riseholme Campus which began in 2015.

The first phase of the move saw the building of a main campus building including flexible teaching spaces, modern Learning Resource Centre (LRC), canteen, three engineering workshops and an Animal Management Unit housing more than 100 animals.

The second phase saw an Agri-Tech Health and Nutrition Centre and a Sports and Health Science Centre built.

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