Capital Projects Update: Breaking News

Posted on: 9th November 2017


The College is today celebrating the granting of planning permission for the Sports Hall by the East Herts Planning Committee.  At the Planning Committee meeting last night, the College was able to share its vision for the future of sporting facilities at Hockerill, and to gain permission to begin work on this exciting addition to College facilities.  The successful application will provide a modern sports facility that will enhance the College facilities, and be available to the local community.

This is outstanding news for the College and long overdue.  We can now begin an exciting development of the College site to create facilities which match and enhance the outstanding outcomes we already achieve.

The plan granted approval is for a 4 court indoor space with changing facilities which is to be located on the north part of the site, adjacent to the All Weather Pitch and Field Changing Rooms. 

This facility will greatly enhance the range of sports the College is able to offer and will prove a vital addition to provision of sporting venues for the local community.  Head of PE and Sport, Miss Jennifer Perry reflected that, “We are completely overjoyed at the progress of our Sports Hall development. The hall will be a welcome addition to Hockerill, ensuring our students have some of the best sporting facilities in the local area. The hall will provide a great deal of new opportunities for our students including sports such as trampolining, indoor athletics and cricket, badminton and more, alongside enabling us to play a bigger role in the sports partnership. We are fully committed to using the hall to its full potential and will continue to plan for our new hall which will serve not only our students, but the local community too."

The College was successful in applying for an Education Funding Agency Capital Improvement Fund bid in April 2017 and this additional funding, alongside the planning permission achieved last night means that the strategic plans for the site can now become a reality.

Joint Chairs of Governors, Rachel Lawson and Judith Braeckman said “This facility will not only serve as a Sports Hall, but also allow us to hold whole College events, such as assemblies, in the space. This is not currently possible in St Albans Hall or in the gym and will result in even better collegiality across the year groups. The repurposing of vacated buildings will also allow us to enhance provision in other areas.”

The College will be going out to tender at the start of the new year, and now we have the imperative to focus on the raising of additional funds to allow the facility to be out-fitted to the highest possible standard and to meet the estimated shortfall of £400,000 to allow the completion of both the Sports Hall and the Science Block, plus the repurposing of spaces created by the relocation of these. 

I am sure you will welcome this exciting news and I look forward to further updating you on our progress.

Richard Markham, Principal