Our future plans

Our future plans

Engineering Higher Education in Bedford

The opening of the brand new Buchanan Centre, the name for the Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre at the Bedford College campus, is just the start of a new journey to offer the very latest in education and learning facilities and equipment.

The £5.2 Million Buchanan Centre was funded by generous donations from public and private organisations, the College and £2.5 million from SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund. In addition, the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) has given a grant of £170,000 from its Catalyst Fund to develop a range of market-driven Higher Education (HE) engineering courses.


Buchanan Centre


£7.5 million Wellingborough campus redevelopment

The Bedford College Group has been awarded £7.5million from SEMLEP, through funding available from the Local Growth Fund skills capital investment programme, to redevelop Tresham College’s Wellingborough campus, which will open to students in September 2020.

The redeveloped campus, in the heart of Wellingborough town centre, will enable 1,000 additional students to study locally, not just young people but also adult students who want to expand their skills or change careers.


Wellingborough campus redevelopment


New Learning Centre for Corby

Following on from the success of the Kettering Learning Centre, which has attracted more than 405 students in just nine months, Tresham College will also be opening a Learning Centre in Corby offering:


£3.65 million Zoological Education Centre

Shuttleworth College campus is due to open a new Zoological Education Centre in September 2019, the first of its type developed by a further education college. It is being designed in conjunction with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), who run London and Whipsnade Zoos, and will include an ‘Eden style’ biome with tropical rainforest setting, immersive bio-sphere and wide range of species.

Conservation and care will be the key priority, enabling students to learn how to support and care for endangered species. The Centre will put Shuttleworth College firmly on the world map in terms of the education they offer students.


Zoological Education Centre