NatWest helps fund new engineering centre at Lancashire college

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NatWest helps fund new engineering centre at Lancashire college

Myerscough College has begun construction work on a new £4.4m mechanisation and engineering centre after securing funding from NatWest commercial banking in Preston.

10 October 2011

The purpose-built centre, which is due to open next June, will provide bespoke teaching facilities for students on degree and higher education mechanisation and engineering courses. NatWest provided the college with a £2.9m loan to help meet the cost of the project.

Its facilities include four teaching workshops, a machinery storage building, a welding workshop and diesel fuel workroom. Mechanisation, which involves the development, maintenance and testing of agricultural machinery, is one of Myerscough College's specialisms.

The construction of the new mechanisation and engineering centre is part of a wider £14m development currently taking place at the Lancashire campus. The new facilities, which are being developed over a five year period, include a new rural skills centre, a 3G sports pitch, new changing rooms and dining facilities.

Myerscough specialises in education and training for land-based industries and sports. The college teaches more than 20 different subjects ranging from horticulture, animal care and equine studies to motorsports and golf. Around 6,000 students studied at Myerscough last year of whom 2,000 were full time. Myerscough offers further education, degree, apprenticeship and vocational courses.

Ann Turner, Chief Executive of Myerscough College, said: "This is a very important and exciting development for Myerscough College. The mechanisation and engineering courses are amongst the most popular that we offer and we are committed to providing our students with the best possible facilities in which to study. The new centre will enhance our teaching capabilities in these areas and represents a significant investment by the college."

Sue Haslem, Relationship Director at NatWest, said: "We are delighted to provide financial support to Myerscough for this prestigious development. The college already has an excellent reputation thanks to the quality of teaching it provides. The commitment to upgrade its facilities will ensure it that it continues to attract students from throughout the UK."

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