Work has begun on the state-of-the-art agri-tech building at Kingston Maurward College at the on-campus Stinsford Farm, and will be completed in May.
The much needed agricultural classroom, IT and machinery facilities replace outdated equipment and an obsolete animal shed bringing the College to the forefront of agricultural training facilities in the region.
Designed by A&Q architects and constructed by specialists Spetisbury, the £1.2million build gained funding from the LEP. Lorna Carver, Director at Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Dorset LEP recognises the fundamental importance of high quality further education provision in the county, to help advance the career prospects of the existing workforce and especially the young people coming through. This investment will help Kingston Maurward College enhance their position as a leading provider in the niche sector of agritech provision, whilst reaffirming our commitment to the rural and agricultural strengths of our area.”
Project Manager (and Kingston Maurward Premises & Estates Manager) Kim Payne, said: “This state-of-the-art build will include new hi-tech agricultural machinery to take us in to modern farming techniques and put us at the forefront of land-based training facilities in the region. In order for us to teach best practice it was necessary for us to gain new equipment of this standard.”