Strongman Mark Felix helps out at demolition of Blackburn College building

Strongman Mark Felix helps out at demolition of Blackburn College building

Strongman Mark Felix helps out at demolition of Blackburn College building

Strongman Mark Felix helps out at demolition of Blackburn College building

First published in Blackburn

THE final stages of Blackburn College’s plan to create a ‘world-class’ campus have got under way with a little help from one of the world’s strongest men.

Man mountain Mark Felix, from Darwen, who is a regular World’s Strongest Man competitor, lent a hand to kick start the demolition of the college’s Feilden Street campus, as the project enters its final phase.

The demolition is estimated to take around eight weeks and will make way for a future development zone to complete the campus.

Built in the 1960s, the seven-storey building housed the sixth form, science block and hair and beauty department.

More recently, it has been home to business support, electrical engineering, motorvehicle and learning resource centres, including the Hub and the library.

Phil Watson CBE, vice chair of governors at the college, said: “The Feilden Street building has given both the town and the college around 50 years of service and I’m sure holds lots of memories for those who worked and studied in it.

“Its demolition is one of the final parts of the College’s master plan to create a world-class campus. The removal of Feilden Street will create the opportunity to redevelop the sports hall and the motorvehicle service facility, as well as help enhance the campus feeling that has already being created by the Beacon Centre and the University Centre and strengthen the image of the town from the main ring road.”

Phase one of the new campus was completed in 2007 with the £8.8 million St Paul’s Centre, where the sixth form and computing departments are located.

In September 2009, phase two – the £14million University Centre – opened.

And in December last year, the £18.3 million Beacon Centre was completed.

Plans are also in place to create a specialist science, technology, engineering and maths building next year.

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8:45am Fri 20 Jul 12

colinohare says...

This is excellent news for the towns students but Blackburn college should stick to what it is good at, vocational qualifications and a levels and drop these silly notions of university status and world class campuses!
This is excellent news for the towns students but Blackburn college should stick to what it is good at, vocational qualifications and a levels and drop these silly notions of university status and world class campuses! colinohare
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9:43am Fri 20 Jul 12

woolywords says...

colinohare wrote:
This is excellent news for the towns students but Blackburn college should stick to what it is good at, vocational qualifications and a levels and drop these silly notions of university status and world class campuses!
I'm sorry to say that I disagree with you. Blackburn needs a university campus within the town, if only to reduce the debts run up by it's students.
Being able to live at 'Hotel Mum & Dad' will give them structure, routine and a driving force to succeed without the financial worries.
[quote][p][bold]colinohare[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news for the towns students but Blackburn college should stick to what it is good at, vocational qualifications and a levels and drop these silly notions of university status and world class campuses![/p][/quote]I'm sorry to say that I disagree with you. Blackburn needs a university campus within the town, if only to reduce the debts run up by it's students. Being able to live at 'Hotel Mum & Dad' will give them structure, routine and a driving force to succeed without the financial worries. woolywords
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9:22pm Sun 22 Jul 12

colinohare says...

woolywords wrote:
colinohare wrote:
This is excellent news for the towns students but Blackburn college should stick to what it is good at, vocational qualifications and a levels and drop these silly notions of university status and world class campuses!
I'm sorry to say that I disagree with you. Blackburn needs a university campus within the town, if only to reduce the debts run up by it's students.
Being able to live at 'Hotel Mum & Dad' will give them structure, routine and a driving force to succeed without the financial worries.
Fee pressure is changing the university experience for the worse you are right. A significant part of the university experience is learning to fend for yourself mentally and financially. The student loan system is set up in such a way however that this perception of a limiting of university options open to students is exactly that. Just a perception. In any case Blackburn is within easy reach of a world class university already. Manchester. A short commute to study each day if they so choose to stay at the hotel of mum and dad.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]colinohare[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news for the towns students but Blackburn college should stick to what it is good at, vocational qualifications and a levels and drop these silly notions of university status and world class campuses![/p][/quote]I'm sorry to say that I disagree with you. Blackburn needs a university campus within the town, if only to reduce the debts run up by it's students. Being able to live at 'Hotel Mum & Dad' will give them structure, routine and a driving force to succeed without the financial worries.[/p][/quote]Fee pressure is changing the university experience for the worse you are right. A significant part of the university experience is learning to fend for yourself mentally and financially. The student loan system is set up in such a way however that this perception of a limiting of university options open to students is exactly that. Just a perception. In any case Blackburn is within easy reach of a world class university already. Manchester. A short commute to study each day if they so choose to stay at the hotel of mum and dad. colinohare
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