Sandwell College Goes Public

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex has officially opened Sandwell College’s new ‘Central Sixth’ campus.

The building, which formerly housed The Public arts centre, has been adapted in less than ten months by Bond Bryan working with the college, the local authority and contractors Interserve.  Wherever possible the refurbishment focussed upon minimum intervention retaining the unique character of the original architecture and recognising that many of the existing “people spaces” are excellent environments for young people to work and socialise in.  At the ground floor classroom pods have been inserted into the tall former gallery space.  The centre retains facilities for the community including its original café.

Principal Graham Pennington said, “The transformation of this unique building… into a state-of-the-art sixth form centre has been part of a wonderful year for the college.”

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