Bucks College Group move: New designs unveiled for new High Wycombe campus
These images show what a new High Wycombe campus for Buckinghamshire College Group would look like – as they reveal plans for up to 163 houses at their Flackwell Heath and Amersham sites.
Now they have revealed more details about what they plan to do at two sites on the corner of nearby Oxford Road and Brook Street, drawing up plans for their proposed buildings.
On Oxford Road they want to demolish the existing store and construct a seven-storey building which will include teaching space for English, Maths, Science and Sports Science, Performing Arts and Music, Arts creative and media, as well as SEND facilities, student services, cafe, gym and bike parking for staff and students.
On the Brook Street site, they want to demolish the existing building and erect a two-story replacement that will house the college’s construction and automotive courses and will also include bicycle parking for students and staff.
But for those plans to go ahead, the university group needs to have its existing campuses – one at Spring Lane in Flackwell Heath and the other at Stanley Hill, both in the Greenbelt – available for residential development. .
They envision up to 66 new homes on the Flackwell campus and 97 on the Stanley Hill campus.
According to a new consultation website set up by the college group, the Spring Lane site will be 35% affordable, have parking and charging for electric vehicles, an open space accessible to the public including a children’s playground, parking for the sports field and new planting of trees.
The on-site child care center will also be retained.
For Stanley Hill, 40% of the 97 units would be affordable housing. There will also be tree planting, access from Stanley Hill, parking, links to existing public footpaths, parking for the hockey club and other public open spaces including a playground. games for children.
A full planning application for the new University buildings in Oxford Road and Brook Street, as well as summary planning applications for Spring Lane and Stanley Hill are expected to be submitted this month.
Bucks College Group was formed when Amersham and Wycombe College and Aylesbury College merged in October 2017 and has over 7,000 students.
They say their current campuses are not “geographically best placed” to support existing students or attract new ones and have “outdated facilities” that require serious long-term investment.
They said: ‘After detailed analysis, it has been determined that a unique, purpose-built, consolidated new supply of exemplary designed, efficient and sustainable buildings in High Wycombe town center will enable Buckinghamshire College to develop appropriately its higher education offering in the south county and provide a learning environment that fully reflects the high aspirations of the college.
“The proposed sites for the college’s move to High Wycombe were chosen because of their central and sustainable location.”
If their plans are approved, the new college in High Wycombe could open in September 2024.
Residents can give their opinion on the plans and see them in more detail on a new website set up by the college – www.buckscollege-relocation-consultation.co.uk