A cool new look for our state of the art college

Artist's impression of new West Herts College development in Hemel Hempstead town centre
Artist's impression of new West Herts College development in Hemel Hempstead town centre

Developers who have just taken the next step with their ambitious plans to reshape a huge chunk of Hemel Hempstead town centre have released their vision for the new-look West Herts College campus.

A formal planning application for the development, which will also see the Civic Centre replaced by a Morrisons superstore bringing more than 300 jobs to the town, has now been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.

The £25 million scheme will produce a reshaped college campus with a focus on giving local people of all ages the skills they need to find work and build careers, say the project’s backers.

Practical and professional courses will be on the curriculum, and there will be state-of-the-art facilities including a double-height auto workshop.

The campus facelift is part of what is being dubbed The Link, a far-reaching redevelopment designed to bring the Old Town and the existing town centre area together, which is a key part of the Hemel Evolution blueprint to transform the area over the next 10 years.

College principal Gill Worgan said: “The redevelopment will bring our best-ever facilities to the town centre, in a college campus open to all that is focused firmly on the needs of our communities and local businesses.

“It’s a plan for the future and a point of pride for everyone associated with West Herts College.”

If planning permission is granted later this year, both the Morrisons and new college could be open by 2015.

You can find out more about the plan at www.thelinkhemel.com