A FAMOUS former Pershore College student was on hand to open its £5.8m redevelopment at a celebratory event with students, staff, local businesses and stakeholders.
David Domoney, who presents ITV’s Love Your Garden, cut the ribbon to officially open the new contemporary glass building which includes a spectacular Collections House, teaching rooms and laboratory.
A higher education suite and business conference zone as well as a new library area and reception featuring a ‘living wall’ are also features of the new development.
Guests were treated to tours of the college, as well as a chance to try the Pershore College range of juices and ciders and the microveg, microleaves and edible flowers the college supplies to the Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s.
Speaking at the event, Mr Domoney said, “This building is more than just a highly functional education centre – its dramatic, iconic and spectacular design is a beacon that shines to change the perception of a career in horticulture.
“A career in horticulture is dynamic and varied, exciting and profitable.
“It offers a diversity that transcends other industries by the variety of our specialisation.
“As educated horticulturalists we can become scientists, growers, educators, retailers, artists, designers, architects, landscapers, photographers, broadcasters, writers, pioneers and entrepreneurs,” he added.
Warwickshire College Group Principal and CEO, Angela Joyce, said: “This building is a visible landmark of our ambition.
“This investment will give all of our students – whether they are studying animal welfare, veterinary nursing, arboriculture or horticulture – an innovative, technologically-enhanced environment to inspire and give them the skills needed for industry today.”
“A special thank you must go to David Domoney for his wonderful speech – his perspective as a former student was fascinating and I’m sure he has inspired our current students.
“Over the last year Pershore College has seen probably the biggest change in its long history with the construction of this spectacular building and a refocusing of our curriculum.
“We have embarked on a fresh, dynamic journey to meet the demands of our new world and support key national priorities through the delivery of skills, education and training,” she added.
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