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Digital campus plan in 1m boost

Kendal College
The college's main building has recently undergone renovation

A Cumbrian college has received a £1m boost to fund the purchase of land earmarked for a new digital campus.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency cash will be used to buy brown field land to extend Kendal College.

The new development will form part of a complex embracing Kendal Museum and the nearby 14th Century Castle Dairy.

The campus will include a multi-purpose space for students studying performing arts as well as changing room facilities and a reception area.

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the development agency, said: "The last few weeks have been really hard for the residents and businesses of Cumbria, but I hope this good news highlights that the area is open for business and development plans continue across all parts of the community.

"The purchase of the brown field land is just the first step towards increasing the number of higher level skills over a five year period and increasing opportunities for self employment."

Graham Wilkinson, principal of Kendal College said: "This project will transform this priority area of the college and provide world class facilities."

The college has recently completed a £12.9m new build project, which includes a new reception block, conference and seminar suites and 250 seat cafe with an external balcony overlooking Kendal Castle.

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