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100m funds go-ahead for college
North Devon college
Some 3,000 students currently attend North Devon College
A college in north Devon is celebrating after it was announced it is to get more than 100m in funding to build a new campus.

More than 3,000 16-plus learners attend North Devon College in Barnstaple.

Some 75m for the project has come from the Learning and Skills Council with the extra funding coming from other sources, including the South West RDA.

It means a new campus at Seven Brethren can be built with a target opening date of 2011.

'Cathedral of Learning'

It is one of the biggest ever infrastructure investments in north Devon.

College principal David Dodd said: "We see the new building as a Cathedral of Learning.

"However we have not forgotten that we must still invest in our existing site to ensure that we continue to provide the best education for our learners over the next three years."

The scheme will include traditional educational buildings as well as sports facilities, restaurants and a theatre - all of which will also be open to the public.

A centre offering degree-level programmes as well as an innovation centre to encourage new businesses locally are also part of the project.

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