Staff, students and alumni of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College are marking the end of an era as a landmark 1960s building is demolished as part of a redevelopment scheme.
Work began last week to demolish A-block – a three-storey building completed in 1961 and sitting at the centre of the Banbury campus in Broughton Road.
For many the demolition has brought back fond memories of years they spent studying in the old classrooms.
Lisa Rawlings, director for curriculum, design and growth, said: “Many people will remember studying in A-block and it has served us well for the past 60 years.
“However it no longer provides the best learning environment for our students and its demolition will help to create a much more attractive welcome to our Banbury campus.”
The demolition forms part of a larger redevelopment of the campus, which includes the opening of new, industry-standard facilities for media studies and motor vehicle students by the end of the year. Ms Rawlings said: “We are very excited to see the new media studies and motor vehicle facilities taking shape next to our recently refurbished creative arts centre.
“These buildings will add to the range of contemporary facilities on offer to our students, matching those found in today’s workplaces and helping them to prepare for their future career.” Once A-block is demolished the area will be re-landscaped to provide an attractive, central outdoor space for students.
Under the redevelopment master plan a further block (E-block), which lies at the rear of the campus close to the Bath Road entrance, will also be demolished.
The Banbury and Bicester campuses of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (OCVC) will be re-launched in November as Banbury and Bicester College. The college will remain part of the OCVC Group, which will also be re-launched as Activate Learning.
Potential students can find out more about courses starting this September at two advice and guidance days, taking place today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday).
Call into the Banbury campus at any time between 10am and 4pm to speak to members of the careers and course teams. Find out more by calling 01865 550550.